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Understanding Illinois’ Distracted Driving Laws

Drivers face countless temptations that can take their eyes off the roads. From other passengers, to food and drinks, radios, global positioning systems and hand-held devices, distracted driving is an epidemic. Every year, thousands of people are injured in crashes connected to distracted driving. Lawmakers have taken a firm stance on the consequences distracted drivers face. Here are three things to know about Illinois’ distracted driving laws.

A Distracted Driving Ticket Is A Moving Violation

As of 2019, distracted driving is a moving violation. This puts distracted driving violations in the same category as DUIs, speeding, failure to stop, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident or driving without a valid license. Illinois implements a point system for drivers. If a driver receives three or more moving violations in a 12-month period, their license could be suspended or, in some cases, revoked.

There Are Few Exceptions To Allow A Hand-held Device

The law gives little leeway when it comes to using a hand-held device behind the wheel. Drivers may only use one button to place or answer a call, call 911, or use the device when their vehicle is in neutral or park to comply with the law. Handling a phone to receive directions, select music or text are not valid excuses and can still end in a ticket.

A Driver Who Uses A Hands-free Device Can Still Be Negligent

Even if a driver uses Bluetooth, mounting devices and other tools to stay hands-free, they can still be negligent. If an accident occurred, the question is always whether a driver exercised reasonable care, regardless of device usage.

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If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, our lawyers at Cook, Bartholomew, Cook & Jones, LLP can help you pursue maximum compensation. Contact us for a free consultation in Belleville by calling 618-235-3500 or emailing us. Weekend and evening appointments are available upon request.