Is it illegal in Illinois to use your cell phone while driving?
It’s estimated that one out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. To combat this, some states have enforced sharper penalties for drivers found to be on their phone while driving. This is a state law and not a federal one, so laws vary by state. Is it illegal to use your cell phone here in Illinois while driving? Find out below!
Texting/calling and driving in Illinois
Distracted driving has become a huge issue these days, which is why Illinois is taking strong measures to reduce the accidents caused by using a phone while driving. It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving, whether you’re texting, calling, emailing, or anything else. Drivers aged 19 and older are permitted to use hands-free devices or Bluetooth technology, but headsets are forbidden. The only time a driver can use their cell phone while behind the wheel is if they are reporting an emergency, if they are parked on the shoulder of a road, or if they are stopped during traffic obstruction and the vehicle is in park. Penalties for causing a crash due to distracted driving can be harsh and may incur a large fine and/or jail time.
You’ve heard it said many times, but it’s worth repeating: never text and drive. Nothing you have to say over a text message is worth anyone losing their life on the road. Learn more tips and tricks here on our blog!