Finally, the state’s elected officials have decided to tackle the problem of “texting while driving”.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed the law, championed by Secretary of State Jesse White, that increases the punishment for texting while driving.
Idiot texter drivers have until July 1, 2019 to continue on their reckless ways but after that date, violators will be hit with moving violations. The upshot of the change in law will allow Judges to know that the driver has a violation on the record. After three, the idiot texter loses his license just like any other time you amass three moving violations in the year.
The $75 dollar fine remains for first time offenders, which are all over the streets of Oak Lawn and other communities. A first-time texting while driving violation will cost a motorist $75. Additional fines for texting while driving include $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third and $150 for a fourth or more. In an official statement, Jesse White’s office said
“With the increased use of technological devices, distracted driving has become a serious problem on the roads of our state and throughout the nation,” White said. “This important legislation will make our roads safer. No driver should be texting while driving.”the first ticket for texting and driving a moving offense.
Jesse White’s office fought for the stricter penalties. The bill passed with wide margins.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that texting and driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. The Bill is known as the “Heads Up” law.
Local legislators Kelly Burke, Fran Hurley and Bill Cunningham all voted for the new law.