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Full Text of HB1247  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
5Section 12-610.2 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2)
7    Sec. 12-610.2. Electronic communication devices.
8    (a) As used in this Section:
9    "Electronic communication device" means an electronic
10device, including but not limited to a hand-held wireless
11telephone, hand-held personal digital assistant, or a portable
12or mobile computer while being used for the purpose of
13composing, reading, or sending an electronic message, but does
14not include a global positioning system or navigation system or
15a device that is physically or electronically integrated into
16the motor vehicle.
17    "Electronic message" means a self-contained piece of
18digital communication that is designed or intended to be
19transmitted between physical devices. "Electronic message"
20includes, but is not limited to electronic mail, a text
21message, an instant message, a digital photograph, a video, or
22a command or request to access an Internet site.
23    (b) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway



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1while using an electronic communication device to compose,
2send, or read an electronic message.
3    (c) A second or subsequent violation of this Section is an
4offense against traffic regulations governing the movement of
5vehicles. A person who violates this Section shall be fined a
6maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense,
7$125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent
9    (d) This Section does not apply to:
10        (1) a law enforcement officer or operator of an
11    emergency vehicle while performing his or her official
12    duties;
13        (2) a driver using an electronic communication device
14    for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation
15    and continued communication with emergency personnel
16    during the emergency situation;
17        (3) a driver using an electronic communication device
18    in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the
19    use of a headset;
20        (4) a driver of a commercial motor vehicle reading a
21    message displayed on a permanently installed communication
22    device designed for a commercial motor vehicle with a
23    screen that does not exceed 10 inches tall by 10 inches
24    wide in size;
25        (5) a driver using an electronic communication device
26    while parked on the shoulder of a roadway; or



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1        (6) a driver using an electronic communication device
2    when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being
3    obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle
4    transmission in neutral or park; .
5        (7) a driver using two-way or citizens band radio
6    services;
7        (8) a driver using two-way mobile radio transmitters or
8    receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications
9    Commission in the amateur radio service;
10        (9) a driver using an electronic communication device
11    by pressing a single button to initiate or terminate a
12    voice communication; or
13        (10) a driver using an electronic communication device
14    capable of performing multiple functions, other than a
15    hand-held wireless telephone or hand-held personal digital
16    assistant (for example, a fleet management system,
17    dispatching device, citizens band radio, or music player)
18    for a purpose that is not otherwise prohibited by this
19    Section.
20(Source: P.A. 96-130, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10;
2197-828, eff. 7-20-12.)