DotPhoto | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact Us | Deaths
Daily News in Robinson, Ill. | Crawford County, Illinois

Advertise With Us
Forms to print
Guest Book
Video Library

US and State Elected Officials
Municipal Governments
County Officials
County Board

home : local news : local news June 28, 2016

12/27/2013 11:52:00 AM
Police ready to start enforcing cell-phone law
It will be illegal to use a handset while driving in Illinois on Jan. 1.

Crawford County Sheriff Todd Liston said deputies will begin issuing citations for violators of the law once it goes into effect.

The bill was signed into law on Aug. 16.

"Distracted driving is not only dangerous - it's deadly. Too many Illinois families have suffered because of accidents that could have been prevented. Anyone driving a car should be careful, responsive and alert behind the wheel," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a press release after he signed the bill.

The bill allows the use of a phone by headsets, hands-free systems or voice operated commands. It also includes a clause that a driver can use a single button push to start or end a call.

"The only exemptions from this law apply to law enforcement officers or first responders, drivers reporting emergencies, and drivers using electronic devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway," the Illinois State Police said in a press release.

Illinois becomes one of 12 states to ban handheld phone use. It adds on the existing ban of texting while driving.

Tickets are considered a traffic violation. The fines are a maximum of $75 for the first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 per additional violation.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

ExtrasRobinson Living
Site Design and Content Copyright 2016 Robinson Daily News
Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved