There is a new driving law that makes it a moving violation to be holding an electronic device while driving.
This new law, implemented July 1 of 2019, is a much stricter penalty because holding an electronic device will be considered a moving violation, which after three can result in a suspended license.
“They were put in place because of the number of accidents caused by distracted driving,” said driving instructor Tim Hough. “Illinois became a ‘hands-free’ state, meaning law enforcement officers can ticket drivers for texting, calling, navigating — anything that involves holding a cell phone, tablet or laptop. Violators face fines of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for any more.”
There are many reasons for these laws to be implemented, all trying to keep the communities safe.
“Laws are most effective when people follow them, and those that can enforce them are able to help, but it is mostly our responsibility. Driving is a privilege and can be taken away from us,” said police liaison Mario Balarin.
What can be concluded from everyone’s perspective, is that the effectiveness of this law is directly affected by the responsibility of drivers.
“ I believe it will affect students in both good and bad ways, as unfortunately not everyone learns by just listening. Hopefully those that make such mistakes don’t involve a major repercussion,” Balarin said.
Many people have different opinions on whether these laws will change their feelings of safety on the road.
“People were texting and driving before the law was changed so why would it be different now, you know?” said junior Kaylee McCaslen.
Precautions are being made to prevent the number of accidents casued by distreacted drivers.
“People need to be educated about the risks of using their phone while driving. We just need to continue to talk to family members and encourage them to put their phones down,” Hough said.