A new law, which takes effect next summer makes texting while driving a moving violation in Illinois.
The penalty will be added to a violator’s driving record, three of which will result in a 12 month drivers license suspension.
The bill received overwhelming support and was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this year.
It also has the backing of the Illinois State Police, who reported a sharp increase in distracted driving crashes earlier this year.
The new law kicks in on July 1st.