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Few citations issued for new Ill. cellphone ban

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 1:44 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois police departments say officers are using discretion about whether to cite drivers who are breaking the state's new ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports law enforcement agencies appear to be giving drivers latitude if they're caught violating the new law.

The measure took effect Jan. 1.

A Bloomington police spokeswoman says the department hasn't issued any citations. And Galesburg police tell The Register-Mail that they haven't issued citations either, in large part because the department has been busy with winter weather.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says troopers are enforcing the law, but can make the decision whether to issue a ticket or a warning.

Violators face fines starting at $75, and repeat offenses bring the possibility of a suspended license.

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