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Illinois drivers now forced to put cellphones down

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - With the new year comes new laws, including one in Illinois targeting those talking on their cell phones while driving. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois joins 11 other states in banning hand-held phone use while out on the road.

"It's going to be a big adjustment for me to get used to," Quincy Driver Terri Clayton said.

Clayton already bought her Bluetooth set, but said it's still going to be hard adapting to such a drastic change.

"I do a lot of my communicating with people, when I go to and from work," Clayton said. "It's just easier to pick it up and talk to them."

Trooper Mike Kindhart with the Illinois State Police knows all to well how hard it's going to be for drivers to peel the cell phones away from their ears. He said the new law is aimed at cutting back on distracted driving.

"One driving fatality is one too many," Kindhart said.

Starting Wednesday, drivers will have to talk on a hands-free device like blue-tooth or a headset. Kindhart said agencies will be out in full force making sure drivers are taking the new law seriously. 

"Anyone that's choosing to do that, maybe they will make a better choice and decide not to," Kindhart said.

If you're caught talking on the phone while behind the wheel, police say it could cost you a $75 fine.

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