Changes coming to cell phone law enforcement

By WEEK Reporter

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Il. -- January first marks the start of over one hundred laws in Illinois.

While some are new, most are changes to existing regulations.

One of the changes will effect how the state is able to enforce cellphone laws with commercial vehicle drivers.

In the past, only officers certified in "Federal Motor Carrier Standards" were able to enforce the law, which prohibits commercial vehicle drivers from using handheld cellphones.

Illinois will now allow any police officer in the state to enforce the law.

"You know, if you're driving a commercial motor vehicle, any truck over 10,000 pounds down the road, you need to be paying attention and having your hands on the wheel, " Trooper Dustin Pierce, Illinois State Police.

Illinois State Police trooper Dustin Pierce says that drivers are still allowed to use hands-free one-touch-dial phones, provided they do not have to leave their seats.

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