Your phone TMs GPS could get you in trouble with the law

Itâ??s a 120 dollar fine if youâ??re caught typing on your phone while driving in Illinois

A GPS app on your phone can make finding a new destination easy, but you can be pulled over and ticketed if you use it while driving.

"If you pick it up and look at it, it's distracted driving. I mean, it's a distraction no matter what. Now is it totally illegal? No! I mean you're not typing into it, but you're looking at that phone," Quincy Police Department Sgt. Shannon Pilkington said.

Pilkington said it could cost you big, if you are caught typing on it while driving.

"For the texting while driving or using GPS would be a $120 in the state of Illinois," Pilkington said.

He said the law states your cell phone must be placed on a specific area in your car.

"There is a statute in Illinois that you can't have your vision obstructed on your windshield, such as a cracked windshield or large objects hanging from your rear-view mirror," Pilkington said.

You have a few options when it comes to following the law.

You can buy a mount for your dash or a suction cup mount for your windshield.

But doesn't that violate the obstructed windshield rule?

"But if the judicial system and the law is that you can't have one of those suctioned cupped on there, then that kind of needs to be put out there; instead of just pulling people over, Keller said.

Nathan Keller of Quincy's Armadillon Audio sells a lot of GPS mounts and systems to customers.

"They either come in, and you know, it's "Hey I got a ticket" or "I just want to be safer about being on the road". So they'll come in. They'll get an aftermarket GPS," Keller said.

He believes there should be better guidelines for where you can place a mount.

"The technology is always kind of out-running the law with so many things, Keller said. That a phone can do it, it's just becoming the everything device."

Sergeant Pilkington said if you're pulled over for typing on your phone, it's text book procedure - you broke the law.

"We just want to decrease the amount of accidents that we have," Pilkington said.

Pilkington said just under a quarter of crashes in the city are rear-end accidents.

He also said some of those are caused by people typing on their phone's GPS while driving.

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