The Downers Grove Police Department would like to make residents aware of a revision to the Illinois Vehicle Code pertaining to the use of cell phones while driving. In effect since January
1, 2014, anyone using a cell phone while driving must use a hands-free device. This is in addition to the prohibition against using any electronic device to compose, send, or read an electronic message (texting).
The Downers Grove Police Department has joined thousands of other state and local law enforcement agencies in educating the public about this change in the law. Officers will begin enforcement of this revision to the cell phone law immediately.
Please remember that when you are talking on a cell phone - whether it is hands-free or not - you are four times more likely to crash. When you text while driving, you are 23 times
more likely to crash. A cell phone conversation poses a significant distraction to the task of driving.
Please consider the potential results of being distracted while driving and choose the safe route: Make the phone call when you are not operating a vehicle.