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December 24, 2013

New traffic laws to go into effect Jan. 1

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Boerwinkle said cell phone use while driving has become a major safety concern for police and the public.

“We support motorists taking every precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of other motorists on the roadway by adhering to the new cell phone ban,” Boerwinkle said.

D’Amico said it will likely take some time before the cell phone ban is universally followed by motorists.

He compared the ban to the seat belt law. When that law was first passed, many motorists were not wearing seat belts. Today, however, the compliance rate in Illinois is more than 90 percent, D’Amico said.

“I think it’s a very important law,” D’Amico said of the cell phone ban.

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