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TECHNOLOGY TIPS – ILLINOIS CELL PHONE DRIVING BAN
Get ready because effective January 1, 2014, the statewide cell phone ban will go into effect.  Essentially, if you are using your handheld device while driving, you could incur a fine starting at $75.  The law calls for drivers to pull over or use hands-free technology for conversations. It is already illegal for drivers to text while driving.

Said IL Governor Pat Quinn, "Anyone driving a car should be careful, responsive and alert behind the wheel." It can also get extremely expensive to have multiple offenses.  The initial fine is $75 with repeat offenders paying $150 and possibly a moving violation.  Drivers receiving three or more moving violations in a year might get their Driver's License suspended.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is not very much difference whether a cell phone user is actually on the phone, or if they are using a speaker or headset.  Accident rates are very similar!  As a further deterrent for this, the additional measure signed into law would make the penalties much greater.  For instance, if you are a distracted motorist and do harm to another driver, you could get slapped with a Class A Felony, a fine of up to $2,500, and face jail time.

Illinois is now the first Midwest state to join the ranks of banned cell phone use while driving.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 2:09 PM by Dean's Team
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