With the constant increase in technology distracted driving is only becoming more and more prevalent. Distracted driving does not only include texting or talking on the phone while driving, it could also mean eating, engaging in an emotional conversation or even playing with the stereo.
Texting while driving though, “is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”
In fact, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence.
47 states have bans against texting and driving and are always working to improve the numbers.
Illinois just planned to up the consequences on engaging in this dangerous act.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law in mid august stating that texting while driving will not only get you a fine but will also count as a moving offense. It will go on your record and can result in a suspension of your license after three offenses. This will go into effect in July of 2019.
Phones down, eyes up!