Public Act 096-0130
HB0071 Enrolled LRB096 02938 AJT 12952 b

    AN ACT concerning transportation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by adding
Section 12-610.2 as follows:
    (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 new)
    Sec. 12-610.2. Electronic communication devices.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Electronic communication device" means an electronic
device, including but not limited to a wireless telephone,
personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer
while being used for the purpose of composing, reading, or
sending an electronic message, but does not include a global
positioning system or navigation system or a device that is
physically or electronically integrated into the motor
    "Electronic message" means a self-contained piece of
digital communication that is designed or intended to be
transmitted between physical devices. "Electronic message"
includes, but is not limited to electronic mail, a text
message, an instant message, or a command or request to access
an Internet site.
    (b) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway
while using an electronic communication device to compose,
send, or read an electronic message.
    (c) A violation of this Section is an offense against
traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles.
    (d) This Section does not apply to:
        (1) a law enforcement officer or operator of an
    emergency vehicle while performing his or her official
        (2) a driver using an electronic communication device
    for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation
    and continued communication with emergency personnel
    during the emergency situation;
        (3) a driver using an electronic communication device
    in hands-free or voice-activated mode; or
        (4) a driver of a commercial motor vehicle reading a
    message displayed on a permanently installed communication
    device designed for a commercial motor vehicle with a
    screen that does not exceed 10 inches tall by 10 inches
    wide in size;
        (5) a driver using an electronic communication device
    while parked on the shoulder of a roadway; or
        (6) a driver using an electronic communication device
    when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being
    obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle
    transmission in neutral or park.