Illinois law bars drivers from using a cell phone while driving in a school zone, construction zone, or within fifty feet of an emergency zone. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.1(e). Drivers are also banned from composing, sending, or reading electronic communications while driving. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2. And, drivers under age 19 years who have an instruction permit or a graduated license may not use a cellphone while driving. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.1(b).
In 2011, 4103 traffic stops were made in Illinois for violations of the state’s cell phone laws. There were 2818 stops for using cell phones in school and construction zones, which resulted in 1880 citations. There were 1300 stops for texting while driving, which resulted in 839 citations. This is a much lower number than the 7800 drivers who were stopped for violating the same laws in 2010.