This is the Statute for Illinois regarding the use of CB and Amateur Radio in motor vehicles. Police officers may not be familiar with the exceptions in sections 7 and 8. Print out a copy of this statute and keep it with you in your vehicle. Will it keep you from getting a ticket? No promises. But this is an ‘affirmative defense’ when you fight the ticket in court.
Chapter 625. Vehicles
Act 5. Illinois Vehicle Code (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 12. Equipment of Vehicles (Refs & Annos)
Article VI. Miscellaneous Requirements
625 ILCS 5/12-610.2
5/12-610.2. Electronic communication devices
Effective: July 1, 2019
<Text of section effective July 1, 2019. See, also, text of section 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, effective until July 1, 2019.>
§ 12-610.2. Electronic communication devices.
(a) As used in this Section:
“Electronic communication device” means an electronic device, including but not limited to a hand-held wireless telephone, hand-held personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer, but does not include a global positioning system or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.
(b) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device.
(b-5) A person commits aggravated use of an electronic communication device when he or she violates subsection (b) and in committing the violation he or she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, disfigurement, or death to another and the violation was a proximate cause of the injury or death.
(c) A violation of this Section is an offense against traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles. A person who violates this Section shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
(d) This Section does not apply to:
(1) a law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle while performing his or her official duties;
(1.5) a first responder, including volunteer first responders, while operating his or her own personal motor vehicle using an electronic communication device for the sole purpose of receiving information about an emergency situation while en route to performing his or her official duties;
(2) a driver using an electronic communication device for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation and continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation;
(3) a driver using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset;
(4) a driver of a commercial motor vehicle reading a message displayed on a permanently installed communication device designed for a commercial motor vehicle with a screen that does not exceed 10 inches tall by 10 inches wide in size;
(5) a driver using an electronic communication device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway;
(6) a driver using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle transmission in neutral or park;
(7) a driver using two-way or citizens band radio services;
(8) a driver using two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the amateur radio service;
(9) a driver using an electronic communication device by pressing a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication; or
(10) a driver using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions, other than a hand-held wireless telephone or hand-held personal digital assistant (for example, a fleet management system, dispatching device, citizens band radio, or music player) for a purpose that is not otherwise prohibited by this Section.
(e) A person convicted of violating subsection (b-5) commits a Class A misdemeanor if the violation resulted in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement to another. A person convicted of violating subsection (b-5) commits a Class 4 felony if the violation resulted in the death of another person.