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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Drop It and Drive! Cellphone Violation is a Moving Violation

Drop it and drive

As of Monday, July 1, 2019, Illinois Law states that handheld cellphone (or electronic device) use while operating a vehicle will be processed as a moving violation. Three offenses in 1 year could mean a suspended license.

Tickets issued under the new law will go on a driver’s permanent record. Fines start at $75 for a first offense and escalate by $25 to a maximum of $150. Devices are not limited to cell phones and include tablets, computers, and other electronic devices. 

The new law does not apply to:

• A law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle performing official duties.

• A driver using an electronic device to report an emergency.

• A driver using a phone in hands-free mode, which can include the use of a headset, headphones or integrated Bluetooth system. (GPS navigation is allowed as long as the driver is not manipulating or touching the phone/device.) 

• A driver using an electronic device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

Below are statistics for the Lombard Police Department, including a steady increase of cellphone violations through 2014. Officers will continue to crackdown on violators. Motorists are reminded to drop it and drive! 

Ticketed Violation Chart (JPG)