HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WBBM) — North suburban Highland Park has now joined Chicago and Evanston in banning hand-held cell phone calls while driving.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, the Highland Park City Council voted 4 to 3 to ban hand-held cell calls, but still allow hands-free calls while driving.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky says citizens surveyed wanted the ban, although he’d like to see it statewide rather than just in Highland Park.

“It’s easier to implement on a statewide level than community by community, but we felt we should exhibit some leadership in this regard,” Belsky said.

Belsky says Highland Park police will start enforcing the hand-held cell phone ban June 1 with a $50 ticket for the first offense.

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