If you spend a lot of time on your cell phone while you drive, you'll need to get used to a new state law that goes into effect in January. Drivers will no longer be able to use a hand-held cell phone while behind the wheel after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the new law late last week. He also signed a measure that would increase the penalties if someone is involved in an accident while using an eletronic device.
Drivers could have to pay a 75-dollar fine if they're caught using their cell phone while driving starting next year. Illinois already prohibits texting while driving and talking on a cellphone while driving through a school zone or construction zone. Police are on patrol this week in and around school zones watching out for speeders and those distracted by their phones.