Today (February 11, 2014) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Illinois Launches Campaign to Educate Drivers about Handheld Cell Phone Ban.” This news release discusses the Illinois handheld cell phone ban that took effect on January 1, 2014, with the aim of increasing Illinois traffic safety by reducing distracted driving.
A couple of excerpts include:
The new law bans hand-held cellphone use except in an emergency and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2014, also imposes fines starting at $75 for drivers caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving. Violators could pay $150 for repeat offenses and eventually have their driver’s licenses suspended.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers using hand-held phones are four times more likely to get into a crash that causes injuries. At any given time of day, about 800,000 people are using hand-held cellphones while driving, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Additional discussion and statistics concerning this Illinois law can be found in the news release mentioned above.