Illinois State Police release report on hand-held device ban
By DAMIEN MEYER
(KMOV) -- Illinois lawmakers banned drivers from using hand-held devices at the beginning of 2014. Six months later, Illinois State Police released reports to News 4 showing how many people troopers have cited for violating the new law.
According to the distracted driving citations report state officials ran on July 8, troopers have only cited 5,100 people for driving with some type of hand-held device. Moreover, state police have investigated just 41 crashes in the last six months that can be attributed to hand-held devices.
There are more than 8,000,000 licensed drivers in Illinois, the sixth most out of any state in the country.
While state police do not have any mid-year numbers on fatalities associated with cell phones, state officials said those incidents are trending down. Nine people died in cell phone related crashes in 2011; five in 2012; and four in 2013.