7,800 motorists fined for cell phone use while driving in Illinois
In January 2010, two news laws regarding distracted driving became effective in Illinois, one banning the use of cell phones in construction and school zones, and another one prohibiting texting while driving. After almost a year, the results appear to be positive.
Through Dec. 16, at least 6,865 drivers have been caught violating the construction and school zone law. Of this number, 4,236 received a citation for their act while the other 2,629 only received a warning.
The texting ban seemed tougher to enforce. So far, 929 citations and warning have been issued since the beginning of the year.
More citations or warning may have been issued. Indeed, the numbers do not account for citations or warnings issued by county or municipal police agencies.
Getting caught for texting while driving in Illinois results in a $75 fine. Three or more violations in a year can lead to a license suspension.
Source: Associated Press, December 17, 2010