A new state law taking effect Wednesday in Illinois further cracks down on distracted driving.
Illinois was one of the first states to ban texting while driving. Secretary of State spokesperson Henry Haupt says the law has been tweaked over the years.
“This new law is a natural progression and it looks to further increase the penalties for those who through distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, and cause bodily harm to someone else.”
Those caught face a minimum fine of $1,000 and may also have their driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Motorists could also lose their license under another new law if they fail to yield at a crosswalk and seriously injure someone.