Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local Illinois State Trooper is expressing confidence that the state’s new hands-free cell phone law is one reason highway fatalities are down so far this year.

One thing is for sure, the new law is resulting in the writing of a lot more tickets.

While there have been 85 fewer highway fatalities, the number of distracted driving tickets issued has increased from 767 last year to 2,380.

Trooper Calvin Dye Junior says they’re hoping the hands-free law has the same effect as the seat-belt laws of a few years ago.

“That use to be one of our major concerns was seat belts and making traffic stops for seat belts,” Dye says. “But now the compliance is up in the 90 percent, so now we’re kind of shifting gears to the cell phone.”

Dye says that most motorists say they know of the law, but haven’t spent the money needed to go hands-free. A citation begins at $120 for the first offense, plus points issued to your license.

He says that it is worth the investment for people to have this in their vehicles.

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