Illinois to impose tougher penalties on drivers caught texting and driving

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Starting July 1st, 2019, drivers caught texting while driving will face stiffer penalties thanks to a new Illinois law.

Drivers caught texting and driving will be issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Persons convicted of three moving violations in a 12 month period could have their license suspended.

Secretary of State Jesse White says the law is needed because distracted driving is becoming a serious problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates at least 25% of crashes involve distracted driving.

Currently, the first offense for texting and driving is a non-moving violation which doesn’t affect a person’s driving record.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed the new law this week.

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