More Drivers Prepare for Hands Free Cell Phone Law

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Time is running out for chatty drivers to pick up a hands free device for their cars, and area stores are seeing a rush in those last minute purchases.

A new state law kicks in on January first that makes it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving without the use of a Bluetooth headset or another hands free device Managers at Best Buy in Rockford say there's been a significant increase in sales of Bluetooth headsets. The store's even gotten extra shipments before the law goes into effect.

“Most people who come in are aware of the law, but I’ve seen as we get closer and closer that there's a little extra panic of ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it's already here’ or ‘I didn’t understand this is what I really needed’”, says Store Manager Shane Davis. “Every time we get in a truck it's virtually gone in a day or two.”

A ticket is $75 if police catch us talking on a cell phone while driving. Additional incidents can result in a fine up to $150.

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