Illinois Imposes Stiffer Fines, Penalties For Distracted Driving

Jim Gudas
June 30, 2020 - 4:08 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A law that takes effect Wednesday in Illinois imposes tough new penalties on distracted drivers who hit and seriously injure someone.

The new law imposes a minimum $1,000 fine and possibly the suspension or revocation of driver's licenses when drivers are convicted of hitting and severely injuring someone while the driver was texting or otherwise being distracted behind the wheel.

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Some drivers WBBM Newsradio's Jim Gudas spoke with praised the new law, saying there are too many people driving while holding their phones and making the roads more dangerous.

Other drivers said the bigger fines and the possible loss of driver's licenses might be too severe. They say if laws already on the books were better enforced, tougher penalties wouldn't be needed.