When used while driving, it can cause huge consequences.
"When you get a little sound that you got a text you just want to look down at it, it is rough," said driver Kris Williams.
The McLean County Sheriff's Department reports distracted driving is the number one cause of all traffic accidents.
That's why it's using a new software system, to stop cell phone use behind the wheel.
"Images can be retrieved off a phone, videos, text messages, emails."
Lieutenant Mike Kline is talking about data extraction technology.
It's used by the McLean County Sheriff's Department to further crash investigations.
"The sad part is, it's usually in a fatal accident where there's a cell phone in a car that's on and we check it to see if there are recent text messages received or sent or voicemail check or that sort of thing," Kline explained.
If officers have probable cause they can obtain a search warrant to look at someone's device.
"Anything that can be transmitted or stored on a cell phone can be retrieved," explained Kline.
Even if messages are deleted, people aren't off the hook.
The software has the capability to extract lost information.
"There are always remnants of files left on a device whether it is a computer or a cell phone, even after it's deleted," Kline explained.
A ticket for texting is $120.
While the cost can be re-cooped, when it comes to distracted driving officers say people could pay with their life if they're not focused on the road.
"It's dangerous business to text and drive at the same time," said Kline.