New traffic laws for a new year

By WEEK Producer

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Despite some set backs in the Illinois house and senate on issues such as pensions and prisons, state lawmakers were able to pass some laws, and 150 of those go into effect on Tuesday.

A few of those laws deal with driving on Illinois roadways.

For motorcyclists popping a wheelie is banned. Doing so while speeding will net the driver a minimum fine of $100 for the first offense.

For a second offense, that fine could go up to $1,500, and even higher for a third offense.

All cell phone use is now banned in construction zones. Before January 1, cell phone use was only banned in construction zones that had reduced speeds.

Officers say the new law will make working conditions safer for construction workers.

"Even if the speed is not reduced, you have workers that are working very close to the center line trying to do their jobs," said Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce. "We want people to put down their phones and be paying attention when they're going through there."

Another traffic law will now allow in-line skaters to follow the same laws as bicyclists.

Skaters can now travel down roads instead of being confined to sidewalks, but they must do so on a road with traffic going 45 miles per hour or less and only between sunrise and sunset.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.