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|Cell Phones and Driving||
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.
No. It is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Illinois.
No. It is illegal to text or e-mail while driving in Illinois.
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.
A driver can use a cell phone to report an emergency and get help.
Yes. When a driver is on the shoulder of the road and parked.
Yes. GPS devices are allowed. Devices that come with the car are also allowed.
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.
A driver may have his license suspended after getting caught four times.
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