According to "http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/distracted.html"
Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older.
Even using hands-free technology is considered a distraction while driving and can be dangerous. If you must make a phone call, even with hands-free technology, it is recommended that you pull off to the side of the road before making the call.
The only time Illinois drivers can use a cell phone that is not hands free is:
- To report an emergency situation.
- While parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
- While stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.
Drivers who are in a crash resulting from distracted driving may face criminal penalties and incarceration.
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