It is a good idea to familiarize oneself with new laws that go into effect with the start of each new year. Laws vary from state to state, and many of them do not necessarily have an impact on everyone, but a new law regarding cell phone use while driving in Illinois is one that we should all be aware of.

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Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images

Beginning January 1, 2014, use of a cell phone while driving, without employing a hands-free device, will be illegal in the State of Illinois. Drivers could be fined if found in violation of the new law. The Quincy Police Department will be enforcing this law, which aims to make Illinois roads safer. QPD has issued the following statement regarding the new Illinois cell phone law:

The purpose of any traffic law enforcement is to promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods from one place to another. These laws are about safety; whether the law covers speed limits, wearing your seatbelt or even the issue of driving distracted.

Taking drivers’ focus off the road is dangerous for any reason and laws were created to persuade drivers to maintain their focus and concentration on the road. The law already prohibits texting or emailing while driving, but as of January 1, 2014, the law will also prohibit the use of wireless phones while driving as well.

Officers will watch for violations and take appropriate enforcement action. As with all laws, our goal is compliance and we ask the public to refrain from using their communication devices while driving. Please pull to the curb if you must talk or message someone. Keep your attention where it needs to be; on the road.

If you have any questions, contact the Pro-Act Office at the Quincy Police Department at 228-4485."

Illinois drivers will be allowed to use their phones as long as they are using a hands-free device, such as a Bluetooth device. The fine for those in violation of the new law will be $75. Texting while driving is also against the law.

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