Cell Phone Use While Driving Laws in Illinois
You may have heard that texting while driving is just as bad, or worse, than driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. For many of us on the road, that thought is terrifying. However, just because it’s dangerous doesn’t necessary mean it’s against the law, right?
Let’s take a look at that.
Is texting while driving against the law in Illinois?
Texting-While-Driving is Against the Law
It doesn’t matter which state you’re in, texting is against the law. Why? Well, as the NHTSA describes it, “Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.” Other forms of cellular communication, like calling or hands-free, voice-dictated messages, vary from state to state. Today, we’ll look at Illinois and the two closest border states to Palatine that you might drive in on a regular basis: Wisconsin and Indiana. We’ll consult the GHSA for the legal information we need.
Illinois Distracted Driving Laws
Distracted driving is a citable offense in Illinois. Texting while driving is illegal. Hand-held calling is also against the law. Hands-free cell-phone operation is legal unless you’re a novice driver (under 19 years old, as defined by Illinois state legislature).
Wisconsin Distracted Driving Laws
No surprise here: distracted driving is illegal in Wisconsin too. Texting is illegal, no exceptions. Hand-held calling is okay unless you’re in a work zone. Hands-free calling is alright too. Like Illinois, though, if you’re a novice driver, any phone operation is off-limits. Wisconsin defines a novice driver as anyone with a learner’s permit or intermediate license.
Indiana Distracted Driving Laws
Same as Illinois and Wisconsin, distracted driving is citable. Just like Wisconsin and Illinois, texting is banned. Both hand-held and hands-free calling are legal though. That is unless, of course, you are a novice driver, which Indiana defines as drivers under 21 years of age.