New laws go into effect

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Hands-free phone devices only while driving, 70 mph speed limit on interstates

By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

As of Wednesday, motorists on Illinois’ interstate highways could drive a little faster. But if they’re talking on a cell phone while driving, they had better be using some type of type of hands-free device.
Those are a couple of the new laws that went onto the state’s books on New Year’s Day.
Senate Bill 2356, which was co-sponsored by state Rep. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), increased the speed limit on rural state interstates and toll highways from 65 to 70 mph.

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