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What You Should Know About Texting While Driving

 Posted on September 04, 2014 in Criminal Defense

Starting this year, Illinois banned the use of all hand-held devices while driving, only permitting the use of hands-free devices such as speakerphones, Bluetooth, and headsets. In addition to this ban, the state of Illinois implemented other rules pertaining to cell phone use, including the prohibition of using a cell phone while driving in a school zone, in a construction zone, as well as prohibiting cell phone use if you are a novice driver.

In addition to Illinois’ ban on cell phone use, they have also placed a ban on texting while driving. According to Illinois’ anti-texting law 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, it states that, “a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message.”

While this law includes electronic devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistant, or a portable computer, there is a list of electronic devices that are permitted, such as GPS and navigation devices, as well as electronic devices that are integrated into the vehicle.

There are also occasions in which drivers may text while driving, but these are limited to: reporting an emergency, keeping contact with emergency personnel, using a hands-free or a device that is voice-activated, while parked on the shoulder of the road, or while the vehicle is in park or neutral due to the obstruction of normal traffic.

If you are facing a texting while driving offense, conviction and fines are in your future. In order to help minimize the impact this conviction can have on your driving record, contact a texting and driving violations lawyer immediately.

Cosley Law Office has been representing drivers for all different types of traffic offenses, including cell phone use. Contact us for help with your case today.

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