Drivers are prohibited from using an electronic handheld device in any capacity while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway unless a hands-free device is used. Previously, it was just illegal to use a hand-held cellphone in construction and school zones for adult drivers. The law continues a ban on wireless device use by drivers under age 18 and texting while driving for all drivers.New cellphone law is a primary offense that comes with a fine of $75 for a first offense $100 for second, $125 for third offense and $150 for each subsequent offense. After a forth offense, the Secretary of State has the power to suspend a person's driver's license. A first offense is not considered a moving violation, but subsequent offenses are.
Tough new laws for texters, teens, drunks
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