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Cell Phone Use While Driving Is a Moving Violation in Illinois

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Joliet car accident attorney cell phone use In recent years, the number of tickets issued to drivers who are pulled over for using a cell phone while behind the wheel has skyrocketed. As a result, the state of Illinois is amending its laws to make cell phone usage a moving violation on the first offense. According to the original law, first offenses of distracted driving - including driving while using a cellular device - would be punishable by a $75 fine but would not be a moving violation. Any offense after the first would be considered a moving violation and include a fine; a second offense would result in a $100 fine, a third would be a $125 fine, and a fourth would be a $150 fine. Under the amended law, a first offense will be considered a moving violation. This law will go into effect on July 1, 2019, and it is intended to keep drivers more alert while operating their motor vehicles. Should an accident occur while a driver is using their phone, that individual can be convicted of a misdemeanor if another party involved suffered bodily injury from the accident. The violation will result in a felony if the distracted driver causes an accident that kills the other person involved.

How Can I Stay Safe While Driving?

It is always best if a driver can avoid any device usage while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. While the use of a cell phone, including texting while driving, is prohibited, Illinois law does allow drivers to make calls when a phone is in hands-free mode, including while using a Bluetooth headset or earpiece. Cell phone usage is not the only way a driver can become distracted while on the road. Things such as eating, applying makeup, shaving, adjusting mirrors and seats, or conversing with a passenger can cause a driver to take their attention off the road, which could result in an accident. The Illinois State Police have provided several safety tips that can help drivers avoid accidents:

  • If a call or text is so urgent that it cannot wait, pull to the side of the road and apply the car’s emergency blinkers to allow traffic to continue on safely.
  • Adjusts your seats and mirrors before getting on the road.
  • Pull over when you have to take care of your child.
  • Pull over to eat any meals.

Contact a Will County Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer

Drivers who use cell phones while driving put everyone on the road at risk, and they should be held responsible for the injuries caused by their recklessness. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor accident involving a distracted driver, a Joliet personal injury attorney at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 815-666-1285 to schedule your free consultation. Sources:

  • http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0858
  • https://www.isp.state.il.us/traffic/distractdrive.cfm
  • https://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/1-230.pdf
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