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Bill heading to Rauner’s desk to toughen penalties for texting while driving

Bill heading to Rauner’s desk to toughen penalties for texting while driving

A new proposal is heading to Governor Rauner’s desk that will create harsher penalties for those who are caught texting and driving. The new law proposes that any driver who gets caught texting behind the wheel could get charged with a moving violation, which will go on their driving record. Penalties for first-time offenders would be less harsh. Fines for texting while driving will be $75 for a first-time offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for a fourth or more. The Illinois State Police and Secretary of State Jesse White have backed this proposal. The bill passed the House in April and cleared the Senate with a 50-2 vote. If Rauner signs the law into place, it will take effect in July 2019.