Driving in Illinois while using a cell phone is illegal when...

Cell Phones and Texting

Driving in Illinois while using a cell phone is illegal for:

  • Learner's permit holders
  • Drivers younger than 19
  • School bus dirvers
  • All drivers while operating in school and construction zones
  • Illinois is also one of six states in which localities are allowed to ban cell phone use for all drivers. Currently, Chicago is the only major city in Illinois in which driving while using a cell phone is illegal under any circumstances.

    All drivers of all ages are banned from texting.

    Regardless of whether or not it is illegal for you to use a cell phone while driving, it's important to be cautious when making calls. Distracted driving can be a significant safety hazard, especially when you're traveling in heavy traffic or under poor weather conditions.
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