texting and driving


When it comes to the battle against distracted driving, Illinois is taking it up a notch.   

Brendan Kelly
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois State Police says its cars have been hit 14 times this year — more than in each of the previous three years in their entirety.

Bruce Rauner
Jaclyn Driscoll / NPR Illinois

Texting and driving could cost you, quite literally, with a new law raising fines on motorists caught using cellphones.

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People caught texting and driving on Illinois roadways could risk losing their licenses under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.  It’s part of a statewide effort against distracted driving. 


The proposed rule change would up the ante on anyone who breaks the state’s distracted driving law. Instead of just a ticket or warning, anyone who’s caught texting and driving would be hit with a moving violation. 

Those are the kind of tickets that count as strikes against your driving record; after three, your license gets suspended.

Dana Heupel
NPR Illinois

Two of the laws that take effect this month affect motorists in Illinois. One is apparently designed to make driving safer; the other would seem to make it more dangerous. According to research, however, the predicted results might surprise you.

Kevin McDermott
WUIS/Illinois Issues

On September 2, 2006, bicyclist Matt Wilhelm, 25, was riding along state Route 130 near Urbana when a car struck him from behind. Wilhelm died six days later. The driver had drifted off the road while downloading ringtones to her cell phone.