Starting today, it will be illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving in Evanston. Evanston police will be issuing warnings instead of tickets until March 22, 2010 to give motorists a chance to become familiar with the new law. The warnings will not be issued to drivers who are involved in car accidents or ticketed for reckless driving while using their cell phones. The ordinance allows people to use their phone if they are using a hands-free device and bans texting while driving. The ordinance also bans drivers from checking their voice mail, surfing the web and listening to their voice mail messages while driving.
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