Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older. Even using hands-free technology is considered a distraction while driving and can be dangerous.
Be aware that law enforcement officers can ticket drivers for texting, calling, using GPS — anything that involves holding a cellphone, tablet or laptop. Violators face fines of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for any more offenses. Three violations in a year and a driver's license could get revoked.
Effective July 2020, a new law increases penalties to a $1,000 fine plus a one-year license suspension if a driver is distracted and causes an accident that results in bodily harm or death.
Due to the potential severity of these types of cases, you should have a highly experienced attorney to assist you.
Contact Lamp Law LLC to find out more about charges specific to your situation.