Many people are fascinated with Illinois cell phone laws, primarily because there is some pending legislation as of early 2013, which could make some areas in the state the toughest on cell phone use and texting while driving.

In fact there are hearings with the Evanston City Council, pending, which seeks to ban total use of cell phones will driving and all other portable electronic devices, hand held or hands free.

No Texting or Talking While Driving - illinois Cell Phone Laws Are Changing

 This same suburb banned handheld cell phones and texting while driving an automobile. But this new pending provision would ban even the hands free devices (like Bluetooth handsets and even in car devices- which were manufactured with an automobile) that people use to talk and text.

You may ask why is Illinois so strict with their mobile phone and texting laws?

Well consider these alarming national driving statistics regarding texting, talking or using a mobile device while driving (mobile devices are also considered to be GPS devices as well):

  • Talking on the cell phone causes nearly 25% of all driving related accidents.
  • 5,474 people were killed in the US, 2009, as a result of distracted driving and another 448,000 sustained some sort of injury as a result.
  • More than 20% of fatal car crashes involve teenagers 16-19 and as a result of using a mobile phone will driving.
  • In 2007 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. surveyed 1200 drives and found 73% of them were talking on their cell phones while driving.
  • Teenage drivers are 4 times more likely to get into an accident than an adult when talking or texting using a mobile phone.
  • A car driver is nearly 3 times more likely to crash than a non-distracted driver.
  • 5,474 people were killed in the US, 2009, as a result of distracted driving and another 448,000 sustained some sort of injury as a result.

This is why Illinois is cracking down on texting and talking while driving.

Here are the texting and talking driving rules in the state of Illinois:

  • Drivers under the age of 18 CANNOT use ANY wireless phone while driving (hand-held or hands-free)
  • All drivers must not text or commence any other related activity while driving. This includes emailing and internet browsing.
  • Drivers are not permitted to use a mobile phone in school zones as well as construction and maintenance zones.
  • In Chicago, all drivers must use hands free devices. Texting is prohibited. And fines are between $100-$500 dollars.
  • No use of handheld mobile devices or texting while driving commercial vehicles.
  • No use of handheld mobile devices within 500 feet of a scene of emergency, unless you are reporting one. This includes use of digital photo and video.

Given all of the statistical information regarding how unsafe it is to drive while using a mobile phone or wireless device, hands-free or otherwise, it’s no wonder why Illinois has come down hard on drivers who text and talk while driving.

It’s also important to note that local jurisdictions in Illinois have their own handheld mobile device laws. These include: Highland Park, Winnetka, Evanston and Deerfield.

Over the next few months, Illinois cell phone laws could make this state become the one’s with the most restrictive. Do you live in Illinois? What do you think about some of these recent laws?