State Police Catch Shaving, Texting Drivers

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:24 AM CDT
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Illinois State Police say a man shaving was among the dozens they stopped on a Chicago expressway while patrolling for distracted drivers.

While state troopers only issued the shaver a warning, spokeswoman Monique Bond said about 130 other motorists were ticketed for distracted driving during a two-and-a-half hour period early Monday. Most of those were ticketed for texting while driving. Members of the Distracted Driving Enforcement Detail patrolled the Kennedy Expressway, which meanders through Chicago North Side.

State Police Lt. David Byrd said texting and driving is nearly as dangerous as drunken driving, noting rear-end accidents are common, especially during rush hour.

While Chicago has an ordinance banning drivers from talking on their phones, state police don't enforce it. Byrd said troopers will enforce a statewide ban beginning Jan. 1.

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