New law will fine drivers for streaming videos while driving

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A new law will crack down on drivers from watching or streaming videos on their phone while driving.

Senate Bill 86 was introduced by Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) earlier this year and clarifies the existing law to prohibit a driver from using a phone to watch or stream video.

Under the new law, a driver caught streaming video while driving will be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

State Rep. Maurice West II (D-Rockford) was a supporter of the proposed legislation.

“It’s easier more than ever to watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone, but it should absolutely never happen while you are the driver of a vehicle,” said West in a press release back in May. “When driving, you need to be mindful of the safety of those around you.”

The bill does not affect GPS or navigation systems.

The new law goes into effect January 1, 2020.

Andrew Carrigan

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