On August 16, 2013, Governor Quinn signed two new distracted driving laws attempting to make Illinois roads safer for drivers. Eleven other states have banned the use of hand-held devices while driving: California, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia. Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois will become the twelfth state to ban the use of all hand-held mobile devices while driving. In addition, effective January 1, 2014, drivers who cause an accident while using an electronic device may be sentenced to jail time. Currently drivers who cause an accident while using such a device are only subject to traffic violations.
Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia ban all cell phone use for novice drivers, or those under the age of eighteen. In Illinois, drivers under the age of nineteen are banned from all cell phone use while behind the wheel. Make sure your children are complying with this law when they’re behind the wheel.
It is incredibly likely that we will start to see violations of these new cell phone laws come up in divorce and other matrimonial law matters. Protect yourself and your family as well as the other drivers on the road by utilizing hands free devices whenever you find yourself behind the wheel.