Distracted driving is not only dangerous, but it is deadly and has led to many deaths and serious injuries on Illinois roadways. It is a common belief among traffic safety experts that the actual number of crashes due to handheld device distraction is much higher than reported.
Beginning January 1, 2014 Illinois drivers will have to peel the cell phones away from their ears as new state law bans the use of handheld devices behind the wheel.
Motorists could still talk and drive if they use hands-free technology to conduct their conversations. Otherwise drivers need to pull off the road to make a call or face fines starting at $75.
The Hoffman Estates Police Department will be enforcing this law throughout the Village. We believe enforcement of this law beginning January 1st has the potential to reduce severe injuries and prevent needless fatalities.
(625 ILCS d5/12-610.2) Electronic communication devices.
(a) "Electronic communication device" means an electronic device, including but not limited to a hand-held wireless telephone, hand-held personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer, but does not include a global positioning system or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.
(b) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device.
(c) A second or subsequent violation of this Section is an offense against traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles. A person who violates this Section shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
REMEMBER, hands free only or pull off to the side of the road.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. Dornbos of the Traffic Section at 847-781-2846.