New Texting Law

New Texting Law

Here’s what you need to know about New Illinois’ Distracted Driving law beginning July 1, 2019.  

If any person driving a motor vehicle is using any electronic communication device, this violation will now be considered a moving violation. A person who violates the law will be fined a maximum of $75 on the first offense, $100 on the second offense, $125 on the third offense and $150 for all future offenses. This includes using your phone at red light. Three moving violation in a 12-month period results in a suspended drivers license.

The new law does not apply to:

  • A law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle performing official duties;
  • A driver using an electronic device to report an emergency;
  • A driver using a phone in hands-free mode, which can include the use of a headset or headphones;
  • A driver using an electronic device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

In addition, The Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law, also has increase in fines and penalties for violations.

  • Expands Scott’s Law protections to include a stationary authorized vehicle with oscillating lights, first responders, IDOT workers, law enforcement officers and any individual authorized to be on the highway within the scope of their employment or job duties;
  • Increases the minimum fine to $250 for a first violation of Scott’s Law and to $750 for a second or subsequent violation;
  • Adds $250 assessment fee for any violation of Scott’s Law to be deposited into a new dedicated fund to produce driver education materials, called the Scott’s Law Fund;
  • Increases criminal penalty to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, if violation results in damage to another vehicle or a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to one to three years in prison, if violation results in an injury or death of another person;
  • Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to include firefighter and emergency medical service personnel while acting within the scope of their official duties;
  • Adds aggravating factors to reckless homicide charges if Scott’s Law was violated;