Just a friendly reminder ......
Drivers are reminded that effective 01 January 2014
, Illinois law prohibits the use of cellphones while driving
with the exception of using handsfree or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons over age 18.
Even using hands-free technology is considered a distraction while driving and can be dangerous. If you must make a phone call, even with hands-free technology, it is recommended that you pull off to the side of the road before making the call.
Illinois drivers are exempt from using a cellphone or text messaging while driving only when:
• Reporting an emergency situation.
• Using the device hands-free or in voice-activated mode.
• Parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
• Stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.
Drivers who are in a crash resulting from distracted driving may face criminal penalties and incarceration.
Drivers caught using a cellphone face a $75 fine for the first offense. Repeated violations will cost $150 each and may lead to suspension of driving privileges.
Drivers under age 19, are prohibited from any cellphone usage, including hands-free devices.
Click here for Illinois Rules of the Road 2014
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