Cell Phone – CBS Chicago
A new law ends the warnings and hands out steep fines. Police can even take your license.
Just one button – that’s all motorists are allowed to press with this new law in place. Anything after that, and it’s considered a moving violation.
Aurora police performed 233 stops related to texting while driving alone last month. CBS 2 rode alongside Aurora police officer Chris Weaver as a new law targeting distracted drivers takes effect in Illinois
“It can wait. It can wait,” Weaver said.
Motorist Charmin Edwards agreed.
“Nothing’s that important that you need to text and drive. Nothing,” Edwards said.
First time offenders caught with cell phone in hand are no longer given a free pass, but instead a violation that appears on their driving record.
Rack up three of those in a year and your license is suspended.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to go to this extreme to make people stop doing it,” Edwards said.
But both are illegal if your car isn’t in park or neutral.
“You want to make that brief text real quick ‘hey I’m on my way’ but just that brief second is enough to cause some serious damage,” Weaver said.
He isn’t wrong.
Ten motorists lose their lives every day due to distracted driving.
“you heard about the new law?”
“of course we did.”
“what do you think?”
“I’ve got to be careful, so does everybody else.”
“If you absolutely have to take that call, if you have to make that text, just simply pull over,” Weaver said.
There are a couple of exceptions – hands-free use and headseats are allowed.