Illinois Cell Phone Ban for Drivers Effective Jan. 1

Beginning January 1, 2014 drivers in Illinois will be subject to a new law prohibiting them from talking on or using a hand-held cell phone while they’re behind the wheel. This new law is designed to make the roads safer, and prevent distracted driving car accidents in Illinois.

The law was signed by Governor Pat Quinn in August of this year and carries heavy fines and penalties for violators. Devices covered under the law include hand-held wireless phones, hand-held personal digital assistants, and portable or mobile computers. Drivers found violating the law can be fined up to $75 for a first offence, $100 for a second, $125 for a third, and $150 for subsequent offenses.

There are a number of exceptions listed within the text of the law, including:

  • Law enforcement officials using cellphones in the course of completing their duties;
  • A driver using a cellphone to report an emergency situation and communicate with emergency personnel;
  • A commercial vehicle driver reading a message displayed on a communication permanently installed in the vehicle. Screen must be smaller than 10 inches tall by 10 inches wide;
  • A driver using hand-free mode or a Bluetooth headset;
  • A driver using a cellphone while pulled to the shoulder of a roadway;
  • A driver using a cellphone while traffic is not moving or obstructed if the vehicle is in neutral or park.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident that was the result of distracted driving, contacting a professional personal injury attorney is the first step to getting any funds you may be entitled to. We can help you determine if your case should be heard in court, and ensure that you receive the money you need to pay your medical expenses and begin the road to recovery.

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