TAZEWELL COUNTY - A new law took place in 2014 which require that hands-free devices are used while driving and police continue cracking down on drivers.
The Tazewell County Clerk's Office said that there have been 1023 phone related tickets issued since January 1.
109 of those tickets were written in a school or construction zone.
In Tazewell County, Pekin has more than double the amount of tickets as East Peoria when it comes to cell phone citations this year.
Illinois State Police said officers are going to be out in full force as students return to school.
These phone tickets are usually $120, but could require a mandatory court appearance.
“That means you would have to go before the judge and explain to him why you were not following the law. Said Trooper Miles Walsh. “He [the judge] would have the ability to, not only impose the $120 fine, but he can impose extra costs as well.”
ISP said distracted driving doesn't just mean using a cell phone.
They also remind younger drivers that it is illegal to use even hands-free devices while driving if you’re younger than 20 years old.
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