Police remind drivers of new traffic laws in 2014 - Fox 2 News Headlines

Police remind drivers of new traffic laws in 2014

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Illinois State Police issued a reminder Friday about the two new traffic laws going into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

The first will increase the legal speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on all rural interstates.

The second will ban the use of hand-held cell phones behind the wheel.

The only exceptions from the cell phone law are law enforcement officers and first responders, police said. The reminder stated that Bluetooth headsets, earpieces and voice activated commands are permitted.

Police warn that drivers who violate the cell phone law will face a fine of $75 for a first offense, a $100 fine for the second offense, a $125 fine for the third offense and a $150 fine for the fourth offense.

Officials continued saying penalties for distracted drivers who injure others or cause fatal crashes due to the use of a cell phone would face a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in fines up to $2,500 and less than a year of jail time.

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