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Pekin Police Take New Cell Phone Law Seriously

The department ticketed nearly 70 people between January 1 and April 30.
PEKIN – Between the introduction of the new law on January 1 and the end of April, Pekin Police had ticketed nearly 70 people for talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving; and that number is growing quickly.

"It's kind of become second nature for so long just to pick up your cell phone and either send a text or to make a phone call," said Pekin Police detective, Mike Eeten as he drove around town Monday morning.

That's why Detective Eeten says his eyes are peeled. Whether he’s driving through town or pulled over, Eeten said it's an offense that's easy to spot.

"There are stops almost every day I would say for texting and driving or using your cell phone,” he said.

It didn't take him long to catch someone breaking the law Monday. He said that ticket, is $120 reminder.

"You can't use your phone whether you're surfing the internet or you're putting in GPS coordinates your vehicle must come to a stop or it must be voice activated,” he said.

Eeten said Pekin Police take it so seriously, they don't just hold civilians accountable.

"Whether we're on business or not, we won’t allow our officers to talk on the phone while they're driving.”

At first some departments were a little more lenient; they were still educating drivers about the change. But now Eeten said there's no reason to break the law.

"They make up different excuses whether they were just looking at their phone or different things like that but that's again, its' hard to make up an excuse when there really is no excuse to have a phone in your hand with the new law.”

 
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