"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.
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