Governor Quinn signed two new laws Friday at reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. One law prohibits the use of all hand held mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads and the second increases the penalties where any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident. According to the U S Department of Transportation, drivers using hand held devices are four times more likely to get into an accident causing injuries. The bill makes exceptions for hands free devices, including those with headsets that can initiate a call using a single button or a voice command. The new law takes effect January 1st. The second new law increases the penalties on drivers whose use of an electronic device while driving causes an accident.
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