They may be trying to beat the Christmas rush, but Illinois State Police are putting out the warnings now about new laws that take effect in the new year.
They include an increase in the speed limit on most Illinois interstates from 65 to 70 miles per hour. But that increase won’t affect roads in eight counties around Chicago and St. Louis.
The other major new law that kicks in January 1st bans the use of handheld cell phones behind the wheel. Hands-free devices will still be permitted… and could be popular Christmas gifts this year.