Beginning July 1, 2019, a first offense of texting while driving will be charged as a moving violation in Illinois. Previously, a first cell phone violation was treated as a non-moving violation, and only second or subsequent texting violations counted against your driving privileges. The old law was in effect since 2014. Of course, fines and court costs also may be imposed under the new law.
It is important to note that the law doesn’t only apply to texting. Illinois law says that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using ANY electronic communication device.