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State Police Pull Over Nearly 7,800 For Cell Phone Law Violations

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 17, 2010 8:30PM

2010_12_17_texting_no.jpg Since two new laws went into effect banning talking on cell phones while driving through construction and school zones, and texting while driving, the Illinois State Police has pulled over nearly 7,800 motorists for violating the two laws.

The numbers breakdown? The construction and school zone ban netted 4,236 citations and 2,629 warnings. The texting ban led to another 929 citations. The numbers also do not account for county and municipal citations. Some in the Chicagoist offices feel that these numbers aren't high enough. Maybe if we could ticket every driver who nearly ran us over because they were paying more attention to their phones than the road, we could settle the city budget crisis.