“On the road, off the phone.”
That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).
The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.
Gabbing or texting while driving can be a tough habit to break, and Downers Grove police were willing to give residents a little time to adjust.But a two-week grace period allowing a little leeway on the state's new cell phone law has expired, and police will now ticket when necessary.
Bond for the offense is $120. The fine is graduated depending on number of offenses. First time offenders pay $75; second offense results in a $100 fine. Third offense, $125, and fourth offense $150.
During the grace period, officers issued one citation and three warnings, according to Lt. Michael Willison.