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Illinois’ Cell Phone And Texting Laws

Illinois’ Cell Phone and Texting Laws

Texting while driving cell phone laws in Illinois

 

Beginning January 1, 2014, Illinois drivers may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using a hand-held cell phone. Drivers may, however, continue to use their cell phones in hands-free or voice-activated mode, which may include a headset.

The penalty for disobeying this law is a maximum of $75.00 for the first offense, $100.00 for a second offense, $125.00 for a third offense, and $150.00 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

A first offense for driving while using a cell phone will not be considered a moving violation. However, subsequent offenses will be considered a moving violation and recorded on the driver’s driving record if found guilty.

There are several exceptions to the cell phone ban, including, a driver using the device:

  1. while parked on the shoulder of the roadway,
  2. when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the vehicle transmission in neutral or park, or
  3. to report an emergency situation.

In addition to the ban on hand-held devices, Illinois prohibits texting while driving. Illinois’ anti-texting law states that “A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message.” “An electronic communication device” refers to a wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer that is used to compose, read, or send an electronic message. It does not include a GPS or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle. “An electronic message” refers to electronic mail, a text message, an instant message, or a command or request to access an Internet site.

For further details, please contact The Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C.

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