Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.
Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to stay off their cellphones.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed four laws Friday aimed at making roadways safer.
Three of them confront the problem of drivers becoming distracted by talking and texting on their cellphones, something that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called a "national epidemic."
Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.
The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.
Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.
“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”
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