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19 Cited for Using Cell Phones While Driving During 4-Hour Enforcement

The Lake in the Hills Police on Monday conducted a “distracted driving enforcement zone” on Pyott Road north of Algonquin Road to monitor the use of cellular telephones while operating a vehicle.

During the four hours of enforcement, Lake in the Hills Police issued 19 citations for the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving, according to a LITH Police Department press release. 

“It’s obvious that many people are not complying with the new distracted driving laws," said Sgt. Eric Decker with the LITH Police Department.  “This new law was put into effect to make the roads safer and protect people from distracted drivers”.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into an accident causing injuries, and distracted driving caused 387,000 injuries and more than 3,000 fatalities across the country in 2011. Illinois joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the use of hand-held devices while driving.

“The Lake in the Hills Police are taking a zero tolerance stance on violations of the distracted driving law," said James Wales, Director of Police and Public Safety. “If you operate a vehicle while using a hand held mobile phone you will receive a citation." 

House Bill 1247 prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle on any road in Illinois while using a mobile phone or other electronic communication device. 

The bill makes exceptions for hands-free devices, including those with headsets that can initiate a call using a single button or a voice command. The new law took effect January 1, 2014.


big daddy March 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM
I drive a semi for a living and let me tell you all something. I see state troopers every day on there cell phones. I try to video tape them. But haven't been lucky. When that time comes I will send to all the Chicago news company. They should be held accountable as well
Kerri Barber March 06, 2014 at 07:59 AM
I have to admit that I have been tempted. My business is all on my phone, so when a client calls it actually hurts. Still, I wait. I am not one of those talented enough to use the hands-free option because I find that to be more distracting. Reminding myself about the law (not the fine) and the hope that others will follow the law for common good seems to help my resolve. It'll take time. Most people I talked to didn't know about it, but it's starting to get through.
Chris March 06, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Good job Lake in the Hills Police for reminding people this law is there and your watching. I have to remind myself daily it is the law and put it down. Question for Patch, what decade is the picture on this article from? Have not seen a mobile phone with an antenna in a long time. LOL
TJ March 06, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Honestly, do you really think that the Lake In The Hills Police Department is concerned with safety? To protect and serve, yeah right. They are concerned with revenue just like every other Police Department. Algonquin is the worst with their Red Light Cameras. They should be patrolling our neighborhoods. Keeping our children safe. Speeding in neighborhoods is a big problem that should be addressed. Hardly ever see them in the neighborhoods
S.H. March 06, 2014 at 10:54 AM
I believe The Patch now just uses stock photos or old pics. New management and they just laid off hundreds of people I've heard. That's why the news now is not up to date or just fluff pieces.

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