OAK BROOK, IL (June 12, 2019) – Over 600,000 American drivers are using their cell phones and/or texting and driving at any given moment, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Let’s say you’re going 55 miles per hour down the highway, and you look away from the road for five seconds. That type of distracted driving is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Beginning July 1, 2019, if you are caught texting and driving in Illinois, it will count as a moving violation. If you receive three moving violations of any kind in one calendar year, your license will be suspended.
It’s Easy to Get Caught Texting and Driving
Illinois State Police point out that it is easy to enforce because if you are seen holding your cell phone, that’s considered a violation. They also point out there is some confusion when it comes to a person operating the GPS feature. However, there is no exemption to the hands-free law. A driver is allowed to only LOOK at their handheld cellphone while it is in GPS mode. Operating it while driving is not allowed.If you are seen holding your cell phone, that’s considered a violationSo, for example, if you’re trying to dial a phone number, dismiss a text message, look ahead at the directions, or change your location, you have to PULL OVER to a safe spot. According to the law, a driver is only allowed to push one button to activate a phone or answer a call. If you need to scroll through your contacts, you must pull over.
Also good to know:
- Text messaging or cellphone use while stopped at a red light is still a violation.
- Text or smartphone usage in stand-still rush hour traffic is a violation.
- The only exception is a natural stop like a railroad crossing with a train going by when you put your vehicle in park.
- Illinois State Police say they can request a search warrant to prove a violation.
When to Contact an Accident & Injury Lawyer
Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting and driving. If you have been injured in a car accident or as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact us immediately. You have legal rights after an accident. Nationally recognized car accident injury lawyer Mario Palermo can help you exercise them. Call (630)684-2332 for a free consultation regarding the best approach to obtaining compensation for your injuries.