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Put the phone down and drive : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Put the phone down and drive

Evidently, many motorists have yet to get the message that it is illegal now in Illinois to operate a motor vehicle while talking, texting, Tweeting, etc. on a cell phone. As we reported last week, the Montgomery Police Department conducted a cell phone enforcement detail June 1 in the area of Orchard Road and U.S. Route 30 on the village's west side. During the detail, police stopped and issued 13 citations to motorists observed using their cell phones.

We have no doubt that many more motorists with cell phones pressed up against their ears drove past while police were issuing citations to the unlucky 13 motorists.

Drivers distracted by cell phones and all manner of other gizmos now found in most vehicles pose a danger to all motorists every time they get behind the wheel. The law banning motorists from holding their cell phones while driving is a worthwhile attempt to minimize at least some of the danger. Motorists who wish to talk on the phone while driving should remember to put their phones on speaker or some other hands free mode.

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