State Cops Issued 7,800 Tickets For Cell Phone Stops

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Thousands of motorists have learned the hard way this year about the state of Illinois’ new restrictions on cell phones while driving.

Illinois State Police said that nearly 7,800 motorists have been pulled over for violating two new laws regarding cell phones: a ban on using cell phones while driving in school and construction zones; and a ban on texting while driving.

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Through Dec. 16, the construction and school zone ban netted 4,236 citations and 2,629 warnings, police said. The texting ban has resulted in a total of 929 citations and warnings over the same time period.

Those figures don’t count citations or warnings issued by county or municipal police agencies.

Illinois is among 30 states with laws trying to crack down on distractions caused by cell phones.

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  • Liz

    now if the city of Chicago would just do a better job of cracking down on people talking on their phones while driving!

  • walter

    If the city would crack down on thier own police officers texting and talking on their cellphones while driving im sure more people would actually stop doing it as well.

  • Brock Sampson

    How can the city fine motorists when it’s own police force doesn’t obey the law?

    • Juan


  • Roberta Waker

    If the State wants money – issue 20,000 tickets in 2011. That shouldn’t be a problem because I see a LOT of people on cell phones. The fines need to be higher and any accident caused by someone idiotic enough to use a cell phone while driving should not be covered by insurance. THAT will be a deterrent. Some idiot 2 blocks from his house blew a stop sign, totalled out my 4 yr old van and almost killed me and my husband. Bet he is still using his cell phone.

  • Jean

    Saw a lady on hers in the construction zone on Washington St in Gurnee just a few weeks ago & no cop was around to bother stopping her. She was driving like an idiot!

  • Lynn Urlaub

    Funny…..EVERY time I drive by or am passed by a speeding cop – THEY ARE ON THEIR CELL PHONES. Not just occasionally, EVERY single time. This is just a REVENUE grab by the broke state. They couldn’t care less about the safety of the drivers – they want the all mighty $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    When the cops hang up – I WILL TOO!!

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