Tougher penalties in the works for texting while driving

Another reason to think twice about using your phone while driving. 

People caught texting while driving will soon face stiffer penalties under a new Illinois law. Starting July 1, 2019, drivers caught texting can receive a moving violation that will go on their driving record. 

"I think it will help deter people," said Officer Stefanie Yates with the Quincy Police Department. "We’re still seeing people talking while driving on their phones, texting on their phones. Especially while they’re sitting at the light they’re still texting and talking on their phones."

Under the current law, a first offense for texting while driving is a non-moving violation and does not affect a person’s driving record. 



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