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Illinois introduces new driving laws with new year

Restrictions on phone use and an increased speed limit are two of the new traffic laws that became effective in the state of Illinois as of the first of the year.

According to WGN TV, based in Chicago, Illinois drivers will have to use hands-free cell phone technology when they’re on the roads. Drivers who cause accidents because of cell phone use will face increased penalties. An exception is made for emergency phone calls.

Also in effect is an increased speed limit of 70 mph on some Illinois highways. Those include parts of I-55, I-74, I-80 and I-88.

These laws are only two of over 200 laws all effective Jan. 1. For a full list, click here.

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Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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