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The distracted driving laws that apply in Illinois

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about distracted driving. This is a major problem in our society nowadays, as cell phones have completely absorbed our attentions and our mental space. We use them in awkward situations, such as in the middle of intimate conversations. We use them while we walk our dogs and while we perform once uninterrupted activities. And, of course, we use them in far more dangerous situations, such as while we drive or operate heavy machinery.

Of course, there are explicit laws that forbid people from using their cell phones while driving. But that doesn't prevent the freedom of choice. People are still making the negligent decision to use their cell phone behind the wheel of a car.

In Illinois, the law is clear. It is a primary offense to use your cell phone to text and drive. Hands-free devices are permitted if the driver is at least 19 years of age, but even then, hands-free devices can still cause a driver to be less focused on their primary responsibility: what is happening out on the road. School bus drivers are also banned from all cell phone activity while operating their vehicles.

When distracted drivers are involved in an accident, they deserve to be held fully accountable for their actions and the harm and/or damage they have caused. The victims of distracted driving accidents need to consider their legal position carefully and proceed in a confident and responsible manner.

Source: Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, "Distracted, Drowsy, and Aggressive Driving," Accessed Feb. 2, 2018

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