Several new traffic laws take effect in Illinois January 1st.
The speed limit on rural interstates will go up from 65 to 70-miles-per-hour. Madison and St. Clair Counties can opt out on heavily congested highways. Penalties for speeding will get tougher. Driving more than 26 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will be a Class B misdemeanor. Exceed the limit by 35 miles-per-hour and is a Class A misdemeanor.
And the use of hand-held cellphones will be banned. Fines run from 70-to-150-dollars. Cause a fatal accident because of cellphone use and you could spend three years in prison. Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are still allowed.