Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign a new law which bars driving from sending text messages while driving. This new law would allow police to stop and ticket motorists who text while driving. Illinois will join 14 other states that have similar laws. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2010. The new law will allow drivers to pull over and put their car in neutral and send text messages. This new law will also allow drivers to use GPS devices with their phones. Critics of this new law argue that this new measure will give police yet another reason to pull over motorists. Especially minorities.
It will be interesting to see how often this new law will be used and how prosecutors will be able to prove that a driver was texting.
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