New violations for using your phone while driving go into effect July 1st

Hispanic woman driving and using cell phone

Police in Illinois are cracking down on people who use their phones while driving even harder starting July 1st.

Instead of giving out warning tickets, they will be giving out moving violations.

You can receive a moving violation for:

  • texting or talking on the phone while driving, at a stop sign, at a red light, or while you're sitting in traffic
  • accessing the maps app

The only exceptions to these are if you're reporting an emergency, if you pull over to the side of the road or if you use hands-free technology like bluetooth, but you must be at least 18 years or older in order to use hands-free tech.

If you receive 3 moving violations in a year, your license will be suspended.

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