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Illinois Bans Handheld Phones for Drivers

February 3, 2014

A new Illinois law, effective January 1, 2014, bans the use of handheld phones for drivers on all Illinois roadways (exceptions include hands-free calls using a Bluetooth device, earpiece, headset, or speakerphone, GPS navigation, CB & HAM radios, and emergency situations). 

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, almost 6,000 crashes in Illinois occurred from 2008 to 2012 as a result of distracted driving involving cell phone use; 30 of which resulted in fatalities.  The new law is an attempt to make roadways safer by limiting distracted driving behind the wheel.  Drivers will face a $75 fine for their first offense, with increasing penalties for subsequent violations.  After four violations, an individual's drivers license may be suspended.