Illinois Drivers Weigh In On Cell Phone Ban

Illinois Drivers Weigh In On Cell Phone Ban

Beginning January 1, 2014, Illinois drivers will not be able to pick up their cell phone while behind the wheel.
PEORIA – Many people use their time in the car to talk on the phone, but that soon could cost you. Beginning January 1, Illinois drivers will not be allowed to use a hand-held cell phone while behind the wheel. Local drivers weigh in on the upcoming change.

Bloomington resident Suzanne Clausen said, “My car ride here is about the only time I can talk on the phone.”

She uses her commute to make a couple calls. Many people are just like her.

Driver Marvin Schneider said, “I see it happen all the time. They put the cell phone to their head before they put it in reverse. Not so smart.”

That’s why Governor Pat Quinn took action against hand held cell phone use. Beginning January 1, 2014, it will be illegal to put a cell phone to your ear while behind the wheel.

Driver Kim Frame said, “It will be a hard change for a lot of people, yeah."

If you’re caught by law enforcement, it will cost you at least $75. But there is a way around it.

If you purchase a hands-free device or if you drive a car with a built-in blue tooth system, you can talk and not break the law, Clausen said, “I have blue tooth set up capability in the car. I almost never hold my cell phone to my ear anymore anyhow so I do everything through the car.”

Driver Jonathan Russell added, “The hands free thing is a good thing though had you see it in a lot of other states as well. Anything that keeps people's eyes and hands more focused on the road is going to be a positive.”

It’s another adjustment for Illinois drivers, but many said it’s for the best. Frame said, “I'm in favor for no cell phones even though I have one. I just think there's a time and place for them.”

Clausen said, “Plus when you read the statistics about how many car accidents, things like more die from texting than they do driving under the influence, I don't think it's a bad thing at all. Just something everyone has to get used to again."
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