Illinois Handheld Cell Phone Ban While Driving – Additional Information

Today (February 11, 2014) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Illinois Launches Campaign to Educate Drivers about Handheld Cell Phone Ban.”  This news release discusses the Illinois handheld cell phone ban that took effect on January 1, 2014, with the aim of increasing Illinois traffic safety by reducing distracted driving.

A couple of excerpts include:

The new law bans hand-held cellphone use except in an emergency and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2014, also imposes fines starting at $75 for drivers caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving.  Violators could pay $150 for repeat offenses and eventually have their driver’s licenses suspended.


“In Illinois, nearly 6,000 crashes occurred from 2008 to 2012 in which some form of driver distraction involving a cellphone was cited by police,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “All of these crashes are preventable – so we urge all Illinois motorists to just ‘Drop It and Drive.'”

Additional discussion and statistics can be found in the news release mentioned above.


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