MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) - In Illinois, you can't text and drive, and you can't use cell phones in school zones and construction zones. Soon, drivers won't be allowed to use hand held cell phones and other electronics unless they have a hands-free device.
How will this affect drivers in the Land of Lincoln?
Meet Dean Bailey. He lives in Illinois and works sales in Terre Haute. So, he's on the road all the time. He's on his phone a lot, too.
"The use of the cell phone has changed so much in the last few years,” Bailey said. “I cannot imagine not having a smart phone and being able to get on there."
When you work sales, spending a lot of time on the phone and on the road come with the territory. This past weekend, Bailey heard about the new Illinois law banning the use of hand held devices while driving. Bailey likes the new law, and the salesman offers this pitch as to why.
"It’s kind of like the seat belt law,” he said. “There are those who really don't think you should be told you have to wear one, but it's for your own good."
We stopped in Marshall, Ill. along Route One and noticed not many, but a few drivers who were talking and driving. If you're like Bailey and find yourself on the road and need to use your phone, Jennifer Price of the Cellular Connection in Marshall says getting a blue tooth device for your phone is the best option to go hands free.
"They do have the option of putting theirs on speakerphone but for the most part, the blue tooth headset is the best way to go," Price recommended.
Like cell phones, you will find various types of blue tooth devices, and a typical blue tooth will set you back $50 to $120. That could be more cause for people not to like this law. But Dean hopes with time his fellow Illinoisans will see the value in it.
"I understand people will be a little upset with it, but I think once they get used to it and they understand the safety behind it, it'll make a lot of sense to them,” said Bailey.
News 10 e-mailed Illinois State Police and asked them about using ear buds with your cell phone. State police told us having ear buds in both ears is illegal.
For more information on Illinois laws regarding cell phone use in vehicles, check here.
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