STATELINE (WIFR) -- Hundreds of new laws to take effect at the beginning of 2014, from tanning, to smoking, to how fast we can drive, we’ll have a lot of new rules to follow in the New Year.
One of the biggest changes for us in 2014, no more holding our phone to our ear and making calls while driving. Instead, we'll need a hands free device or we could get a $75 ticket. Illinois is the 13th state to enforce the law.
Traffic on Stateline interstates is getting faster. Once new signs are posted in January, we'll be allowed to drive 70 miles per hour on some Stateline interstates, Including I-39.
While on the road, if we're caught speeding in construction zones, the penalty will be higher for repeat offenders who break the law while crews are working.
Get ready to say cheese if you pass a school bus when it's stop sign is out. Starting January 1st, school districts can install cameras on their buses to snap a picture of drivers who don't stop when kids are getting on and off a bus. These cameras are already on board busses in District 205 The fine for a first offense $150.
Teens who want a little extra color before prom won't be able to hit the tanning booth. New rules stop anyone under 18 from using tanning salons. Spray tans are still allowed.
Electronic cigarettes are also banned for teens; stores will no longer be allowed to sell e-cigarettes to kids under 18 years old.
Anyone who smokes traditional cigarettes will need watch where they put them. Anyone caught flicking a cigarette butt on a street or sidewalk could be fined at least $50 for littering.
Medical marijuana will be legal in 2014, but not right away. The state has four months to put guidelines in place for the program. Patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV and certain other health problems will get 2 and a half ounces of cannabis every two weeks.
If we buy a puppy from a pet store or breeder, and it gets sick with 21 days, we can return the pet or get reimbursed for the vet bills if seller didn't say anything about the illness.
More than 200 new laws in Illinois go into effect January 1st. You can see them all here: http://illinoissenatedemocrats.com/images/PDFS/2013/BillseffectiveJan1-2014.pdf