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Local drivers react to Illinois cell phone ban


How often do you talk on your cell phone while driving? It will soon be against the law in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a law today that bans all hand held cell phone use beginning January 1, 2014.

So what do local drivers have to say about it?

The new law will still allow drivers to talk on their cell phones, but it will have to be a hands-free device like blue tooth or a headset.

WGEM spoke to some drivers say the new law will do more harm than good.

"The time it takes to hook up your blue tooth, your eyes are off the road, you're not paying attention when you could just look straight, grab you phone and just answer it," said Derick Tournear.

"You have to fiddle with it to even get it set up, so it's be harder to do it I think while you're driving and get that set up and even more dangerous possibly," said Kayla Cornwell.

But other drivers say the law isn't strict enough.

"You shouldn't even be able to use them while you drive at all, even the headsets, that's just a distraction I think," said Roger Forbes.

"I don't feel we should be using our phones driving anyway, period," said Jaime Cawthon.

"I don't believe that handheld cell phones while driving should be allowed, it distracts the driver too much," said Michael Vilsick.

Illinois joins 11 other states in banning hand-held phone use on the road.

The $75 fine may be enough for some drivers to put their phones down for good.

"I'll probably just keep my phone turned off while I'm driving," said Linda Bessling.

Again, the law goes into effect January 1, 2014.

It's just the latest effort in Illinois to crack down on distracted driving, it's already illegal to text while driving.


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