What fines you could face for driving and talking on your cell

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Illinois departments are collaborating to educate drivers on the new cell phone ban.

The Drop it and Drive campaign is a reminder to drivers that starting January 1, 2014 the use of hand-held cell phones were banned while driving.

Fines for violating the new law start at $75. If a driver is caught violating the law more than once they could pay $150 and eventually have their driver’s license suspended.

“Distracted driving is a problem in Illinois and across the nation,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This important campaign will help ensure the message gets through loud and clear – if you use a hand-held device while driving, you will get a ticket.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation said that drivers using hand-held phones are four times more likely to get into a crash that causes injuries.

Related: Half of adults admit to texting and driving.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that roughly 800,000 people at any given time are using hand-held cell phones while driving.

“Through this campaign, we are getting the message out there to motorists that no phone call, text message, status update, or tweet is as important as the lives of others,” said Secretary of State Jesse White.

Illinois is the 12th state to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving. Texting and driving was banned in 2010.

Illinois law also bans using any cell phone in a work zone or within 500 feet of an emergency scene.  For more info on those regulations, click here.


  • Katie

    The law is not clear! Can you talk on speaker? I don’t think they really state the law clearly other then you cannot talk on the phone California has this law and as long as it’s on speaker! Someone explain

  • Jason

    I think they should look at police officers. 90% of police officers I see driving are talking on their cell phones. If its a law for us then it should be for them too.

  • Rhonda

    People will be just as distracted trying to use their speaker phone because it is a pain. And what if your phone falls on the floor as you are talking on it? Oh, and what if your nose is running and you have to reach for a kleenex……or if you change the radio station……or eat a quick lunch while running errands……. The list of distractions are
    endless while driving! And I agree with Jason, if the police officers can still use their phones, we should be able to. Police cars are equipped with radios for communication, so they don’t need cell phones. The whole thing is ridiculous!

  • Susan

    I think the State of Illinois has bigger and better problems than people talking on their phones, that they could be addressing,like the State of Illinois worst debt in the nation even worse than California!!

  • julia

    how about driving a car with a stick shift???? one hand on the wheel and one for shifting like in Europe….you have only one hand available …. it happened to me when i came to us and passed my driver’s test… i used a BMW with a stick shift and the supervisor who came with me to take the road test was screaming at me to put both hands on the wheel loool. I was trying to explain to her that we cant leave then….I;ve been showing her that the car has 3 compoments:clutch, brake and accelerator instead of 2. So, it took me 15 minutes to explain it to her how this car is being operated, then we left….Its a shame that they have some people making certain crazy laws and they dont even have a clue how to operate certain cars…..I was shocked….and now i am thinking if they will see those people driving with one hand , what;s the outcome…maybe they will force u to change your car…..so u can use both hands….:))

  • Amanda

    What do you think about the home health nurses and home visiting doctors that have to be on the phones and drive and take urgent decisions for their patients???for instance, the patient is calling you with chest pain and u as a nurse/Dr want to asssess the patient quickly for signs and symptoms to decide what type of medication to take eventually to save the patient until you will get there….lets think right people…

  • Vicki

    Yes you can still talk on your speaker phone as long as you aren’t holding it. Its hand free. Personally I think the concept of the law is great but the enforceability is minimal. It is very frightening to drive throughout the quad cities and see the amount of people who THINK they can text and drive. News flash people….you can’t. You are swerving all over the road. If you have a call you HAVE to take or a text you HAVE to send because of an emergency then pull over and do it before you become the next emergency!

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