Cell Phones and Driving: New Illinois Laws!

There are three new statutes affecting cell phones and driving. As a service to our clients, we are taking this opportunity to advise you of these new laws. We are very conscious of health and safety. These new laws are designed to further the health, safety and privacy of the public.

The first new Act permits a driver in a construction or school one to use a cell phone in “voice operated” (this is different from “voice activated”) mode or by pressing a SINGLE button to initiate or terminate a voice communication. This includes using a headset. This Act is effective January 1, 2013. Use of a cell phone in these areas has previously been prohibited.

The second Act prohibits a driver from using a cell phone or video within 500 feet of an emergency scene. The Act exempts using a cell phone in the voice operated mode. This Act was effective July 20, 2012.

The third Act prohibits a driver from using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle. It does make some exceptions for using the phone in the voice operated mode. This Act is effective January 1, 2013.

Remember, be safe, not sorry. Distracted driving is now responsible for more motor vehicle accidents than alcohol use. Automobile accidents are far more common than you think. Jury members do not look kindly on distracted drivers who injure or kill innocent victims. Violations of the cell phone laws can be used as a way to prove negligence.

If you have been a victim of a distracted driver, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We have been representing the injured for more than sixty years. Please visit us on the web at www.kfeej.com

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