Stiffer penalties go into effect in Illinois for distracted driving

Drivers responsible for a crash with injuries while driving distracted will face stiffer penalties starting Wednesday.

One part of the new law allows the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke driving privileges when a person using an electronic device while driving causes bodily harm. The law also raises the fine from $75 to a minimum of $1,000.

The new penalties extend to using cellphones, laptops, tablets and other hand-held electronic devices while driving, but do not apply to drivers reporting an emergency, using an electronic device with hands-free or voice-operated modes or drivers parked on the shoulder or stopped in traffic with their vehicle in park.

Drivers responsible for a crash with injuries while driving distracted will face stiffer penalties starting Wednesday.

One part of the new law allows the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke driving privileges when a person using an electronic device while driving causes bodily harm. The law also raises the fine from $75 to a minimum of $1,000.

The new penalties extend to using cellphones, laptops, tablets and other hand-held electronic devices while driving, but do not apply to drivers reporting an emergency, using an electronic device with hands-free or voice-operated modes or drivers parked on the shoulder or stopped in traffic with their vehicle in park.

Kevin Bessler

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