Starting today, there's a new texting & driving penalty in Illinois

Its now considered a moving violation.

Brad Choat
June 30, 2019 - 8:23 pm
A person is texting while driving.

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) - Texting and driving becomes a bit riskier in Illinois, starting Monday, July 1st.

In the past, drivers caught texting wouldn't always get a moving violation added to their tickets.

Going forward they will - the first time. Three moving violations in a year and a driver's license can be suspended.

Illinois State Trooper Josh Korando says it's an effort to cut down on distracted driving crashes, "We don't want to go out and write 100 tickets. We want to go out and catch nobody. We want everybody to obey the law. No distractions. Not anybody drifting off the the side of the road because they are looking at their phone or posting on social media."

Korando was a guest on the KMOX Auto Show with Greg Damon.

"If you look down to read a text message at 55 miles per hour, it's the equivalent of driving a football field blindfolded," Korando told Damon.

He said troopers will still be able to issue warnings to violators, at their discretion.

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