Hand-held cell ban a boon for Illinois retailers

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Associated Press

FORSYTH, Ill. (AP) - Retailers in Illinois are getting a boost from the state's new ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving.
   
Stores are reporting a jump in sales of hands-free devices such as ear pieces and microphone visor clips.
   
Sarah Given is assistant manager at a Verizon Wireless store in the village of Forsyth in central Illinois.
   
She tells the (Decatur) Herald & Review that in anticipation of the Jan. 1 law, they began talking to customers in early December. She estimates they've sold around 900 hands-free devices since then and occasionally run out of them for several days at a time.
   
In Mundelein, in northern Illinois, Radio Shack store manager Annette Haag tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald customers are "freaking out," realizing suddenly they need hands-free gear.

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