Illinois drivers must put phones down starting 2014

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Starting January 1st, 2014, Illinois drivers will have to put their phone calls on hold, or resort to a hands-free device when using their cell phones while driving.

Illinois law will consider driving while having your hands on a cell phone distracted driving.

"What we really want to do is make people aware of the risks that are out there when you are behind the wheel," said Trooper Jason Wilson of the Illinois State Police.

Illinois State police told News 8 that 23% of car accidents in the United States is due to distracted driving.

Illinois is the 12th state to pass such a law. Drivers will still be able to talk on their phones, but they must have the proper accessories.

"You are no longer to have the phone in your hand, but you can use a Bluetooth system," said Wilson.

In Moline, Bluetooth sales have increased for the IWireless Moline retailer in the SouthPark Mall.

In fact, they can't keep the devices on the shelves.

"We are sold out at the moment," said IWireless Sales Consultant Vanessa Cummings.

The past few months have brought several questions to mobile phone retailers. Including how Bluetooth devices work and how much they cost.

The devices cost anywhere from $50 to $100, a price that could save you a $75 fine.


  • Ron

    well when we were kids we weren’t allowed to talk to the buss driver.
    its a simple rule and quite easy to follow, but to put it in perspective. is what you have to say SOO important that its worth risking another life?
    if you choose to risk your own life that’s your choice. but you have no rite to risk someone else’s life.

  • mellissa

    I worry more about people eating while driving! Holding a cell phone between your eat and shoulder is less distracting than food in your hands!!!!!

  • Fezik

    Side note that wasn’t mentioned in the story – school zones and many hospital zones are communication free zones also. This means not on bluetooth even, So if you are seen chatting in these zones or cause an accident in one you can be liable for a ticket still, and lest we forget that school zones carry higher penalties for any infraction.

    It’s safest still just to not be on the phone, There are already enough bad drivers in Illinois, there is no need for a distraction on top of that.

  • Ken Hoppe

    Will you be able to use ” hands free speaker in your automobile. I put my phone on speaker and talk with my phone setting on the console of my truck. Will this be permitted under the new law. Please advise. Thank you

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