In addition to the ban on handheld devices, Illinois prohibits texting while driving. Illinois' anti-texting law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2) states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message.
An electronic communication device refers to a wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer that's used for the purpose of composing, reading, or sending an electronic message. It doesn't include a GPS or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle. An electronic message refers to electronic mail, a text message, an instant message, or a command or requests to access an Internet site.
There are exceptions for drivers texting:
- For the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation and continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation
- Using a device in hands-free or voice-activated mode
- If the driver is parked on the shoulder of a roadway
- When the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle transmission in neutral or park