Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving Prohbitted

    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:

    Current prohibitions:

    • 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

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