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Oswego police cite 102 for using cell phones while driving during traffic enforcement campaign

Oswego police issued citations to 102 motorists found using cell phones while driving during a distracted driving traffic enforcement campaign held earlier in April.

In a statement released Friday, April 30, police reported that officers also issued 18 citations for seat belt and child safety seat violations, 20 citations for speeding, and two citations for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Police said they also arrested two individuals on outstanding warrants as part of the campaign.

The campaign was funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois law prohibits the use hand-held cell phones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older.

Under state law the only time drivers can use a cell phone that is not hands free is:

*To report an emergency situation.

*While parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

*While stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.

Drivers who are in a crash resulting from distracted driving may face criminal penalties and incarceration, according to the law.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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