DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department is reminding residents of the new Illinois law banning most cell phone use while driving.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, anyone utilizing a cell phone while driving must use a hands-free device. This is in addition to the prohibition against using any electronic device to compose, send, or read a cell phone text.
The Downers Grove Police Department has joined thousands of other state and local law enforcement agencies in educating the public about this change in the law. Officers will begin enforcement of this revision to the cell phone law immediately, according to a press release.
Police reminded anyone talking on a cell phone – whether it is hands-free or not – that they are four times more likely to crash. Motorists texting while driving are 23 times more likely to crash. A cell phone conversation poses a significant distraction to the task of driving, police said.