Additional Information Regarding Illinois Ban On Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving

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:

“Driving while using a hand-held cellphone is dangerous and can be deadly,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Our goal is to educate drivers about the cellphone ban and, ultimately, reduce the number of crashes caused by distracted driving.”

also:

Illinois is the 12th state to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving. Texting while driving has been illegal in Illinois since 2010. Under the new state law, there are also stricter penalties following crashes in which electronic devices were being used at the time of collision.  A crash causing great bodily harm can send a driver to prison for up to one year and a fatal crash can result in a prison sentence of up to three years. The previous law only allowed drivers to be charged with traffic violations.

Additional information and statistics concerning this newly enacted Illinois law can be found in the news release mentioned above.

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