A teacher told me to turn off my cell phone while waiting in my car to pick up my daughter from school because it is against the law. Is this true?

Yes if on a public roadway in a school or construction zone. An Illinois law (IL House Bill 72) enacted in January 2010 prohibits the use of cell phones in construction and school speed zones. So if your child's school pickup area is in a school speed zone, wait to use your cell phone until you have left that zone. Exceptions to this law include calls made during emergencies (to summon police, fire, or ambulance services) and in voice-activated mode (i.e., hands-free). Also keep in mind that texting while driving is illegal statewide (and in many other jurisdictions), and talking on a hand-held cell phone is illegal in the City of Chicago.

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