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Next Up to Combat Distracted Driving: The State of Illinois
Posted on 08/23/2013 by AKilgore | 0 Comments
The state of Illinois is the latest state to take a stance against distracted driving, joining 11 other states and the District of Columbia. The state’s Governor, Pat Quinn, signed into law two bills: one, prohibiting the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads, and the second, increasing penalties for drivers whose behind-the-wheel use of an electronic device causes an accident.
What exactly do these bills entail? Let’s take a look:
• Prohibits the use of a mobile phone or other electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle on any road in Illinois
• Any calls that are made to report an emergency situation are excluded from the law
• Exceptions include: hands-free devices, including those with headsets that are able to make a call using a single button or voice command
• Increases penalties for drivers whose use of an electronic device while driving leads to an accident
• First offenders will be fined $75. For subsequent offenses, penalties will increase by $25 to a maximum of $150
• For accidents that cause great bodily harm, the driver can be sentenced to up to one year in prison. Fatal accidents can result in a prison sentence of one to three years.
• The new law will take effect January 1, 2014
“Too many Illinois families have suffered because of accidents that could have been prevented," Quinn said. "Anyone driving a car should be careful, responsive and alert behind the wheel. These new laws will save lives.”