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Chicago Implements Partial Cell Phone Driving Ban

Sales of hands-free headsets are being spurred by a new law will result in $50 fines for driving with a cell phone pressed to your ear.

Starting Friday, don't get caught driving in Chicago with a cell phone pressed to your ear.

A law imposing a $50 fine for those using cell phones while driving goes into effect Friday. The fine increases to $200 if the driver gets in an accident while talking on the phone. However, use of hands-free headsets is permitted.

The result, according to a Chicago Tribune report posted earlier this week, has been a run on hands-free headsets.

"We love the law," the newspaper quoted a RadioShack manager as saying. "There was a period of time when I couldn't keep (headphones) in stock."

The Tribune article noted there is speculation that the police won't actively enforce it. However, one police officer said that wasn't true.

"Officers will enforce ordinances as they do now," the newspaper quoted Sgt. Robert Cargie as saying. He noted the hands-free law will be enforced the same as other traffic violations.

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