Texting While Driving
Illinois Cell Phone Law
According to 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2,
A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device.
A person can be charged with aggravated use of an electronic communication device when their use of the device causes an accident that results in disfigurement, permanent disability, great bodily harm or death to someone else. The at-fault driver can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if the crash resulted in a serious injury, which comes with up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. If the crash resulted in a fatality, the at-fault driver can be charged with a Class 4 felony, which comes with one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
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Texting While Driving Statistics
- The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that the use of a cellphone behind the wheel quadruples the chances of being involved in a crash.
- The NSC reports that drivers who texted behind the wheel were involved in 341,000 crashes in 2013 alone.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated one-third of all drivers between 18 and 64 years old reported that they read or wrote a text message while driving in the past month.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports that 40 percent of teenage passengers said that the driver of a vehicle they were in used their phone in a dangerous manner.
- The NSC reported that a driver using their cellphone causes one-quarter of all motor vehicle crashes.
- The CDC reported that distracted drivers kill nine people in the United States every day.
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