SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Three pieces of legislation supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) aimed at reducing cell phone use while driving and clearing lanes of traffic immediately following crashes are now in effect as of January 1.
Senate Bill 2488 prohibits cell phone use in construction or maintenance speed zones regardless of the speed limit in those zones. Motorists can still use cell phones in voice-operated mode or with a headset.
House Bill 5101 prohibits texting or using a cell phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle and makes this a serious traffic violation. Previously, Illinois law prohibited texting while driving for all vehicles, but cell phones were allowed.
IDOT defines a commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle used in commerce with a weight of 26001 lbs or more or a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more people, or a vehicle transporting hazardous materials.
Senate Bill 3409 allows the driver of a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle to move the vehicle off the highway to the nearest safe location.
The law states the driver should remain at that location until the requirements are fulfilled concerning the duty to give information and render aid.
These three laws are currently being enforced by the Illinois State Police and other police agencies state wide.