Where’s Your Phone When You Put Your Car in Drive? Most of us don’t think twice about using our phones while driving, but you should,
Illinois law states drivers may not operate a mobile handheld device for any reason when the car is on a road (or in “drive”), including for GPS or music control. First-time incidences of driving while operating a handheld mobile device is a “moving violation.” Under state law, moving violations appear on motorists’ driving record, and drivers who receive three moving violations in a year have their driver’s license suspended.
Those found guilty of injuring someone while using a phone and driving will now face a fine of $1,000 and could have their license suspended for one year. This is true even for first time offenses. According to NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) looking away from the road for just five seconds at 55 miles per hour is the equivalent of driving distracted for the length of a football field.
The safest and legal way to drive is to put your phone away.