03/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fines For Driving And Texting, Talking To Soar

Motorists caught yakking on cell phones without a hands-free device or texting while driving will face sharply higher fines, under a crackdown advanced today amid demands for stepped-up enforcement.

At the behest of North Side Ald. Vi Daley (43rd), the City Council's Traffic Committee agreed to raise the penalty for driving without a hands-free device from $75 to $100. The fine for motorists whose cell phone conversations cause accidents would more than double -- from $200 to $500.

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