Motorists under the age of 19 may not use any cell phone while driving unless the call is made to report an emergency.
Motorists may not use any cell phones when driving through school zones or highway construction or maintenance zones, no matter the speed limit (625 ILCS 5/12-610.1 ).
Motorists may not use any cell phones within 500 feet of an emergency scene or take pictures or videos at emergency scenes using cell phones.
Use of voice-activated phones is exempt, as is use of handheld cell phones to report an emergency.
Violation of this law is a primary offense. Law enforcement officers must report when cell phone use is considered to be involved in a vehicular accident.
All drivers are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device, including a cell phone or computer, to compose, send, or read an electronic message, including text messages, instant messages, and e-mails, or to use the Internet (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 ).
The law does not apply to the use of global positioning systems or other navigation systems.
The law permits the use of electronic communication devices to report emergency situations.
Violation of this law is a primary offense.
The Illinois Vehicle Code bans the use of handheld cell phones or texting while driving a commercial truck carrying hazardous materials, weighing over 26,001 pounds, or designed to carry 16 or more people (625 ILCS 5/6-500).
Exceptions include fire trucks, police vehicles, and other emergency response vehicles; military vehicles; and trucks used as personal recreational vehicles.
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