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Have You Been Caught Driving and Talking on a Cell Phone?

The ban on driving while talking on hand-held cell phones went into effect Jan. 1.

"On the road, off the phone."

That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).

The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.

Fines start at $75 for the first offense and increase up to $150 for repeat offenders.

Palatine Police Cmdr. David Daigle said the department had a two-week grace period after the law went into effect. Officers issued warning tickets to 55 violators. Since Jan. 14, three citations have been issued.

Read more on Patch:

Cell Phone Ban in Cars Takes Effect in 2014

How has the cell phone ban affected you? Have you invested in a hands-free device?

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