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SPRINGFIELD, IL — A new legislative initiative will strength the consequences of drivers in Illinois caught texting while driving.

A news release from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the new law will classify first-time offenses of texting while driving as moving violations. The previous law classified first-time offenses as non-moving offenses, while the second offense is a moving violation.

Any driver caught texting while driving starting July 1 will have that moving violation recorded on their driving record and additional fines and court costs determined by a judge. Anyone with three moving violations within 12 months could have their driver’s license suspended.