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Quinn signs bills banning hand-held phones in cars

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Using a hand-held cellphone while driving in Illinois will be illegal on Jan. 1.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday aimed at reducing distracted driving. It requires motorists to use speakerphones or headsets that allow for one-digit or audio dialing.

Illinois joins 11 other states and Washington, D.C. in banning hand-held phone use on the road.

Texting while driving is already illegal in Illinois.

Sen. John Mulroe -- a Chicago Democrat and sponsor -- says he wants motorists to "keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."

FOX 32 News caught a couple of drivers talking on the phone as they drove around the city. People we spoke to say seeing that is frustrating.

"You're driving behind someone and they're not going, you know they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing and you look when you pass them and they're on their phone," Kayla Hagerman says.

"I personally stay away from it," Jordan Hoodlet says. "Unless I'm in a dire need situation."

The U.S. Transportation Department says drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to get in a crash causing injuries. Distracted driving caused 387,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths in 2011.

FOX 32's Lisa Chavarria contributed to this report.

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