Don’t forget. Starting on January 1, 2014, using a cell phone while driving is prohibited in Illinois unless you are using it in a hands-free mode.
Already illegal in school zones and in many cities, including Chicago, the new law aims to make the roads a safer place.
Here’s a level set on where we are with cell phones:
- Drivers 18 and younger are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving — with or without hands-free devices.
- All drivers prohibited from text messaging and related activities such as emailing and Internet use.
- All drivers prohibited from use of handheld electronic communications devices. Effective Jan. 1, 2014.
- Motorists prohibited from use of cellular phones in school speed zones and construction/road maintenance zones.
- Within 500 feet of an emergency scene, cell phone use and taking of photos or videos on wireless devices prohibited.
- In Chicago, all drivers talking on mobile phones must use hands-free devices. Text messaging prohibited while driving. Fines: $100-$500.
- At least 70 other municipalities have their own handheld cell phone laws. They include Highland Park, Winnetka, Evanston and Deerfield.
Stay safe and use voice dialing when you can!
-The Jacobs Group