Cell Phones and Driving

Cell Phones and Driving
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Last updated: February 2014

Drivers using cell phones caused 387,000 injuries and over 3,000 deaths in 2011. Cell phones increase the risk of an accident by 4 times, and 25% of accidents involve distracted driving. Illinois has created a new cell phone law to stop this from happening. 

Can I talk on a cell phone while driving in Illinois?

No. It is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Illinois.

Can I text while driving in Illinois?

No. It is illegal to text or e-mail while driving in Illinois.

Can I use a cell phone in hands-free or voice-operated mode?

Yes.  A driver can use a phone if it is hands-free or voice-operated. This includes using a headset, Bluetooth device, earpiece, or speakerphone.

What if I see an accident? Can I use my cell phone then?

A driver can use a cell phone to report an emergency and get help.

Are there any other times when I can use my cell phone?

Yes. When a driver is on the shoulder of the road and parked.

Am I still allowed to use my GPS?

Yes. GPS devices are allowed. Devices that come with the car are also allowed.

What else is illegal while driving?

Wearing headphones while driving is illegal, unless it is a single-sided headset for a cell phone.

Watching a video or TV while driving is also illegal.

What are the fines if I get caught on my cell phone?

  • $75 the first time
  • $100 the second time
  • $125 the third time
  • $150 for every time after the third time

Can I lose my driver’s license if I am caught on my cell phone?

A driver may have his license suspended after getting caught four times.

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