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Local law enforcers crack down on distracted driving

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS, ILL. -- -

Central Illinois drivers can expect to see enhanced law enforcement on Illinois roads statewide.

Local police departments want you to know that they are teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation to crack down on distracted drivers-- this includes the Peoria, Normal, and Bloomington police departments.

"You cannot hold your phone in your hand and i think that's a misconception people have, because the law states you have to be hands free of that device," said Peoria Police Spokesperson, Amy Dotson.

Dotson said the first fine for driving while holding a cell phone is 75-dollars, however, state police say a distracted driving ticket starts at 120 dollars.

If your cell phone is in your hand or on speaker, police want you to know that you are breaking the law. 

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