CHICAGO (AP) - The
state of Illinois has begun a public awareness campaign to remind drivers
that all hand-held cellphone use is now illegal.
Under a law that
took effect Jan. 1, Illinois drivers can only use speakerphones or headsets
that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. Texting while driving was
outlawed in 2010 in Illinois.
According to the
Illinois Department of Transportation, between 2008 and 2012 there were
nearly 6,000 crashes in Illinois in which police found drivers were
distracted by some form of cellphone use. Thirty of them were fatal.
slogan is “Drop It and Drive.”
Department is using posters, radio and TV ads, mailing inserts and roadway
People are also
being encouraged to post the campaign logo on social media sites.