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New Driving Laws On Tap For New Year

WTVO/WQRF - Illinois motorists might want to change their driving habits come Jan. 1 as new laws will go into effect come 2014.

WTVO/WQRF - Illinois motorists might want to change their driving habits come Jan. 1 as new laws will go into effect come 2014.

Teens under the age of 19 will now face upgraded charges if they are charged with aggravated use of a wireless device. Currently, anyone under the age of 19 who causes an accident with injuries while using a wireless device will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. Come Jan. 1, however, they will be charged with a Class 4 Felony, according to a release from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

Other new laws include a ban on motorists from having any form of video device applications operating that are visible to the driver while driving. Further, it will be illegal to use a handheld electronic communication device while driving, the release said. However, the ban does not include operation of a GPS or navigation system.

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