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Red Lights Also Apply to Texting in Illinois

Question:  If I am at a stoplight waiting for the light to turn green, am I breaking the law by sending a text message? Answer: If your foot is on the brake pedal, writing, sending or receiving a text message is a violation of the law punishable by a citation carrying a fine. There are certain exceptions. For example, drivers may pull over to the side of the road to text, or they can shift their car into park or neutral while stopped in traffic.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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