Every year, distracted driving leads to hundreds of traffic fatalities. In an attempt to slow this dangerous trend, the state of Illinois recently implemented sweeping new distracted driving laws. Read on to take a closer look at four of the new laws that took effect his year:
Mobile Use In Construction Zones Is Banned
States and municipalities throughout the country have taken steps in recent years to reduce construction zone accidents. Nonetheless, these remain some of the most common areas for accidents to occur. Where previously state law prohibited the use of cellphones only in roadwork zones with speed restrictions, today it is banned in all zones, regardless of speed limitations.
No Cellphone Use Near Accident Sites
Collisions near accident sites are a constant threat for law enforcement officers and accident victims alike. A new Illinois law aims to improve safety by banning cellphone use among drivers within 500 feet of emergency sites. That includes talking on the phone, texting, and taking pictures of an accident scene with a smartphone camera.
No More Handheld Cellphones for Commercial Drivers
Previously, Illinois state law prohibited only school bus drivers from all handheld cellphone use. With changes implemented this year, commercial drivers have been added to this list. Semi-truck drivers, municipal bus drivers, taxi drivers, and other any other person driving for commercial purposes may no longer operate handheld cellphones on the road.
Prohibition of Court Supervision for Excessive Speeders
In Illinois, drivers convicted of traffic violations can request court supervision to have their charges rescinded after several months. Changes to state law now ban court supervision for drivers who have violated a speeding limit by more than 25 mph on city streets and by more than 35 mph on highways.
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