The price of the first offense stays the same but if you're caught more than once, get ready for a big penalty.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that, in a seemingly rare occasion, was strongly supported but all parties. The new law makes texting while driving a moving violation. Though it is not in effect yet, drivers can still be penalized for distracted driving should their mobile device be the cause of an accident. As for the texting-while-driving moving violation, first-time offenders will be fined $75 have the violation on their record. Should you get two additional violations (three in a year) you'll lose your license for a year.

According to, the new law is backed by the Illinois State Police, "who reported a sharp increase in distracted driving crashes earlier this year." And, WQAD in the Quad Cities shares the new frightening comparison of texting while drinking to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Texting and driving has (sic) been shown to be more dangerous than drunken driving.

The new Illinois law is effective July 1, 2019.

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