New law will penalize drivers more for cell phone related car crashes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A new law will dramatically raise the penalties for crashes caused while texting and driving.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 2386 on Friday. The new law will raise the penalties for crashes involving electronic devices which causes great bodily harm from $75 to a $1,000 minimum fine. The state may also suspend or revoke the drivers license for up to a year.

Here’s what State Representative Norine Hammond said about the bill when it was proposed in May:

“This day and age we are attached at the hip, or in this case hand, to our cell phones. People need to understand that this can lead to grievous injury and even death while driving. It is simply not worth it and that’s what this legislation is intended to hammer home.”

The bill passed the House 82-24-2 and the Senate unanimously back in May and the bill was sent to the Governor’s desk in June.

The new law goes into effect immediately.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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