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Evanston Police will begin an educational enforcement action on the City’s new ordinance that makes it  illegal to talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while driving, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. 

 While driving a vehicle in Evanston, drivers may only use a hands-free system, which allows the user to operate their mobile phone without touching it, said the Commander. Prohibited usage also includes text messaging, sending, reading or listening to an electronic message or browsing the internet.   

In order to educate the public on the new ordinance, Evanston Police will conduct an educational enforcement action between March 15 through 22. During that period, Evanston police will issue verbal warnings to drivers and educate them on the new ordinance. This educational enforcement action does not include reckless or negligent driving behaviors or drivers involved in traffic crashes and associated mobile phone usage, said Commander Guenther.