A brand new law in Chicago makes it illegal to hold and use a cell phone while driving. The new law permits drivers to use headsets and other hands-free devices, but bans driving while holding a cell phone in your hand. Good for them!
While the law generally requires the use of hands-free devices unless the car is parked, an exception is made for 911 calls.
Fine start at $50.00 per offense, and go up to $200.00 if the offending call occurs during an accident.
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Now, what makes these relatively new laws against cell phone use while driving interesting is whether, as written, they cover things such as watching television on your cell phone while driving, or using your cell phone as a modem with your laptop while in a moving car. After all, that doesn’t require you to hold it in your hand, and believe me when I tell you, people are already doing it.
The new Chicago law takes effect on July 8th.
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