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The distracted driving scourge will be around for quite some time

Distracted driving will always be a problem in our state in our country -- at least until self-driving cars become a mass-produced product that the vast majority of people can afford and utilize. Until then, there will be people zipping along the highway with a cellphone in their lap. There will be truck drivers that send a text during their shift. And there will be bikers and pedestrians consumed by the glow of their cellphone screen.

It's unfortunate, but it's also our reality. We have to live with this and deal with it accordingly. Thankfully, many states have already done their part by passing legislation that addresses the use of cellphones by motor vehicle drivers. In fact, there are only four states that don't have comprehensive laws to address these concerns.

In Illinois, we have numerous laws that address distracted driving. For all bus drivers and novice drivers (under the age of 19), the use of cellphones is strictly prohibited. That is a primary law, meaning an officer can pull them over for violating it. There is also a ban on texting and the use of handheld devices for all drivers -- and again these are primary laws. Last but not least, the state of Illinois bans any use of a cellphone in school zones and construction zones.

Distracted driving remains a huge problem, but these laws are effective in at least curbing the behavior. To all Illinois drivers out there: put away the cellphones and focus on the road.

Source: Distraction.gov, "Distracted Driving: State Laws, Illinois," Accessed May 19, 2016

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