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Texting while driving continues to be a problem


Texting while driving on Illinois roads is illegal and deadly but, drivers are still doing it. Not only are police noticing but other drivers out on the road say they see it all too often.

It's become such a problem, Illinois State Police say a recent enforcement resulted in 100 texting and driving tickets in just 2 hours.

"Today, people rely so much on their phones and texting that it just comes naturally," said Officer Luke Humke with the Quincy Police Department. "They feel like they're in control and able to text and drive but it could cost them their life or somebody else."

Humke says he's constantly on the look-out for those texting and driving but, sometimes it's hard for him to prove.

"It's hard to enforce because it's hard to tell whether they're trying to dial a number to call someone or if they are looking at text messages or sending text messages," said Humke.

Texting while driving has been against the law in Illinois for the past four years. Nonetheless, drivers say it seems that people are having a hard time breaking the habit.

"They're generally looking down and they're not paying attention," said Illinois Driver Cheryl Hobson. "They go over the line several times, and go through red lights."

"I've actually been in the car with somebody that has actually rear-ended somebody from texting on the phone," said Illinois Driver April Dunford.

In Illinois, texting and driving is a primary law, meaning police can pull you over without any other traffic violation. If you are caught texting and driving in Illinois, officers say you could be looking at a $120 dollar fine.

For a more in-depth report of the distracted driving laws in all 50 States click http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html.

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