Highwood joins cellphone crackdown
BY KAREN BERKOWITZ firstname.lastname@example.org August 20, 2013 12:10PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 1:30PM
Three weeks after adopting a ban on hand-held cellphone use by drivers, the city of Highwood is joining five other towns next week for an enforcement crackdown.
In addition to Highwood, the half-dozen towns participating in the initiative from Monday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 30, include Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Waukegan and Winnetka.
Highwood’s new ban on the use of hand-held cellphones while driving took effect Aug. 1.
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, use of hand-held devices while driving will be prohibited across Illinois, bringing consistency to the spotty patchwork of municipal legislation.
During the campaign next week, police in the six jurisdictions also will be cracking down on motorists who use hand-held cellphones in school speed zones and construction zones, which is currently banned by state law.
Hundreds of motorists were ticketed by police in Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Waukegan and Winnetka during two previous campaigns this year.
Between April 1 and April 5, 293 citations and 219 warnings were issued by police in the respective communities. Another 20 motorists were cited for violating the state ban on use of hand-held cellphones in school zones.
A crackdown timed to the end of school in early June resulted in 152 tickets and 79 warnings.
Dozens of motorists also were cited under state law for using hand-held cellphones in school zones and construction zones.