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Police in Metro East write hundreds of tickets for cell phone use while driving

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Police in the Metro East are cracking down on drivers who use their cell phone while behind the wheel.

In January 2014 it became illegal for drivers to use any type of cell phone while operating a vehicle in Illinois.

In Madison County, less than 10 tickets a month were written for texting while driving in 2014, since then, there are anywhere from 40 to 150 written a month. Throughout 2014, there were 950 tickets written for texting while driving in the county. In the first four months of 2015, police in Madison County have written 400.

According to the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk, nearly 1,000 cases of being on an electronic device while driving were investigated in 2014. So far this year, there are 254 cases being investigated.

Police in Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton and Bond Counties say they wrote nearly 160 districted driving tickets in 2013, before the law went in to effect.

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