Illinois drivers must find hands-free phone options by year's end

By WEEK Producer

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – The speed limit isn't the only thing that is changing for Illinois drivers next year.

Starting January 1, 2014, it will be illegal in Illinois to use a hand held cell phone while driving.

Carrie Guilliams with US Cellular in Peoria said the new law aims to protect drivers and other motorists.

However, just because you will have to put the phone down doesn't mean you still can't talk.

Guilliams said there are a variety of hands-free options to make sure you can still make or take that call.

“Some of the Bluetooth headsets allow you to go with the earpiece you see people walking around in. They also have the option for the wired sets which is the single that goes to your ear,” said Guilliams. “In addition, there's visor ones you can place above your visor.”

Illinois is the 12th state in the U.S. to enact such a law.

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