Illinois — According to the DMV 26% of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use and in 2015 42% of teens said they have texted while driving. The DMV says texting and driving is the leading cause of death in teens.
Now a new survey shows that Illinois may be the worst, with 42 percent of Illinois teens texting while driving. According to them, Illinois high school students are more likely to text while behind the wheel than their counterparts nationwide.
Illinois News Network reported some 38 percent of high school students across the nation text while driving, translating to nearly four in 10 students, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. At 42 percent, Illinois had a slightly higher percentage of high schoolers texting while driving than the national average in 2015.
The study was based on data obtained from 35 states that participated in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and more than 100,000 students 14 and older took the survey.
“Illinois was one of the first states in the nation to ban texting while driving on all roads for all drivers,” Henry Haupt, deputy press secretary for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office said. “This is a national problem. It impacts drivers of all ages.”
Secretary of State Jesse White initiated legislation this year that will impose a stricter penalty for texting while driving, Haupt said.
“This new law requires that any texting while driving be considered a moving violation and go on a motorist’s permanent driving record,” he said. “And if you get three moving violations within a one-year period of time, you lose your driving privileges.”
The new law will take effect July 1, 2019. You can read more here.