Cell Phone Use While Driving Violations
Illinois states that drivers cannot use an “electronic communication device” which includes cell phones, hand-held personal digital assistants, laptop computers, and other portable computers. Additionally, there are increased penalties in using a cell phone in a school or construction zone. An offense for texting while driving is treated as a moving violation by the Secretary of State and drivers are subject to higher minimum fines after a first offense.
Aggravated Use of a Wireless Phone occurs in a school or construction zone or within 500 feet of an emergency scene and the violation is a cause of serous personal injury or death to another. If great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement” occurs, the offense is charged as a Class A misdemeanor and if a fatality occurs it is charged as a Class 4 Felony.
With new and stricter laws being set for driving and the use of electronics while driving, many people are not keeping up to date with the new rules and sticking to old habits of using cell phones while driving. This is now a serious offense if caught.
If you have been charged with this offense please contact the Law Offices of Jeffery J. Nutschnig so that we can help you keep this off your record or fight the charge.