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2014 New Driving Laws

September 10, 2014
By Ty Laux of Civic Memorial Drivers Education

Effective January 1, 2014  (New Driving Laws)
  1.  House Bill 1247, Illinois becomes the 12th state - and the first in the midwest to prohibit regardless of age, to use a hand-held device - cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or mobile computer - while driving. First Offense: $75, Second $100, Third 125, Fourth or subsequent offenses are $150                                         
         The focus of this new law is on banning the use of handheld electronic devices while a           vehicle is not parked. The following are EXCEPTIONS!
  • Hands-free or voice-activated phones or devices, including the use of a headset 
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) or navigation devices
  • Two-way of Citizens Band (CB) radio services
  • A device that can be activated or terminated by pressing a single button
  • If the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a roadway, or stopped due to normal traffic obstruction, and the vehicle's transmission is in neutral or park
  • Reporting an emergency situation and the continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation
  • Use by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the course of official duties
  • Certain commercial motor vehicle devices
  • Two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

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