Springfield - Illinois State Police reminding motorists about new laws coming in 2014.
On rural interstates you will now be able to drive 70 mph. However, eight counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, Lake, Madison and St. Clair) with heavily congested highways can opt and keep their current speed limit of 55 mph.
Speeding laws have also been upped. If you are caught speeding 26 mph over the posted limit it is now considered a Class B misdemeanor and speeding 35 mph or more over is now a Class A misdemeanor.
A new law will also restrict the use of hand-held cell phone while behind the wheel. Headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are ok. Fines begin at $75 for the first offense with each offense increasing by $25 until the fourth offense.
Exemptions for this law are only during an emergency situation.
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