Illinois Cell Phone Laws & Electronic Communication Devices In addition to Illinois cell phone laws relating to talking on a cell phone while driving, Illinois also has laws relating to the use of any electronic communication device while you are driving. These laws cover a number of different electronic devices that might be used in a vehicle, including:
- Cell phones;
- Personal digital assistants (PDAs); and
- Personal computers.
Illinois Cell Phone Laws & Texting Texting is when an electronic communication device is used to write, send or read an electronic message. It is against the law to send text or electronic messages in any form while driving anywhere in Illinois. This applies to all age groups across the board. Exceptions to the law include:
- Communicating with emergency personnel to report an emergency or accident;
- When a driver is stopped in normal traffic with the vehicle set in park or neutral; and
- When a vehicle is pulled to the side of the road and stopped.
Cell Phone Laws & GPS Devices It is legal to use global positioning service (GPS) devices while driving in Illinois. GPS devices allow drivers to receive directions to their destinations while driving. In addition to GPS devices, drivers can use any electronic devices that are factory installed in their vehicles. In other words, if you bought your vehicle with an electronic device already installed, the device is legal to use while driving in Illinois.
Contacting a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident in Illinois that is related to cell phone usage or texting, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you determine your options for seeking compensation.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have years of experience representing victims of car accidents in the Chicago area. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation – 312-263-1080