Texting and driving? You might not want to do it anymore after July with ticket violation costs going up but texting and driving doesn’t necessarily mean sending that 2-second message. With tougher texting laws in place, Illinois State Police wants you to know what is allowed with your phone and what isn’t. ISP Sergeant Joey Watson says you shouldn’t even hold the phone even if it’s using it for directions.
Watson says that you shouldn’t use your phone when you're stuck in traffic, stopped at a light, going on a long trip, and if you use it for directions, set it up before your trip.
Watson says if you don’t want a ticket, use a BlueTooth speaker and put the phone away. The maximum fines for standard electronic-communication-device violations are $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.