Cell Phones and Texting   

As of January 1, 2014, State Statutes ban the use of all hand-held devices while driving on any public street, roadway, or highway in Illinois. Only hands-free technology such as speakerphones, blue tooth devices, and headsets are permitted. 

How is it Enforced?

Fines for violation of Illinois cell phone law start at $75. Illinois cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws which means that an officer can stop you for the offense without having to witness another violation. 

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Only hands-free technology such as speakerphones, bluetooth, and headsets are pemitted upon any roadway in Illinois.

Additionally, the following RESTRICTIONS also apply:

  • All cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a school zone
  • All cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a highway construction zone
  • All cell phone use is prohibited if you are a novice driver
  • All Illinois drivers are prohibited from texting

- All drivers of all ages are banned from texting while driving -

Regardless of whether or not it is illegal for you to use a cell phone while driving, it's important to be cautious when making calls. Distracted driving can be a significant safety hazard, especially when you're traveling in heavy traffic or under poor weather conditions.