Most Illinois residents are aware texting while driving is dangerous and against the law, but do they know the penalties for being caught? Soon, you could lose your license.

House Bill 4846 is about to says first-time offenders will get a moving violation and have it on their driving record instead of a non-moving violation as with the previous law created in 2014. With that violation comes court costs and fines, and beyond that first violation, it gets messy for the driver.

After the first offense drivers get start losing money and venture towards losing their drivers license. A second texting while driving violation. Get three moving violations in a 12-month period and you're screwed because now you're looking at a suspended license.

According to NHTSA,

In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed. 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

[H/T Illinois General Assembly]


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