cervantes 080323SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Javier Cervantes’ measure to prohibit all drivers from using an electronic communications device while operating a motor vehicle in Illinois, including any video conferencing or social media applications, was signed into law Friday.

”This law will ensure Illinoisans are driving safely and not endangering anyone else on the roadways,” said Cervantes (D-Chicago). “This law takes action against drivers video calling and not paying attention to the road. I am proud to play a part in making Illinois a safer place for everyone.”

Cervantes’ law makes it illegal to use any electronic communications device while operating a motor vehicle, including using cell phones and tablets for streaming videos and participating in video conferences on platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and WebEx. Additionally, the law prohibits any social media applications like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter from being used while operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway.

Drivers that are currently allowed a permit to use electronic communications devices in hands-free or voice-operated mode by pressing a single button to activate are exempt under the new law.

“People out there think a quick call or video message will not put others at risk of harm, and this law is one step toward curbing that culture,” Cervantes said. “I want to thank Representative Michael Kelly for partnering with me on this legislation and Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias for bringing this measure to us to push for better and safer roadways in Illinois.”

House Bill 2431 was signed into law Friday and takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.