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New Driving Laws in Illinois

Speeding in Illinois Can Be Costly

As of January 1, 2010, the State of Illinois enacted new legislation targeting people who are guilty excessive speeding. Law enforcement officers will no longer just be issuing a citation to drivers. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle over a certain limit will be facing the following criminal charges: Class B Misdemeanor Offense Any driver found speeding in excess of 30 miles per hour over the speed limit faces a penalty of up to six months in county jail and a fine of $1,500. Class A Misdemeanor Offense Any driver found speeding in excess of 40 miles per hour over the speed limit faces a penalty of up to one year in county jail and a fine of $2,500. These are serious criminal charges and will require the expertise of an attorney who practices law specializing in motor vehicle offenses.

Highland Park Bans Handheld Cell Phones

The City of Highland Park has passed a new law that goes into effect on June 1, 2011. The City Council voted to prohibit all drivers from using a handheld cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Offenders will be issued a citation and required to pay a fine of up to $75. This is a primary offense, which means that police officers don't need an additional reason to pull you over. If they see you using a handheld phone, they will be stopping you for an infraction.

Cell Phones & Text Messaging

Effective January 1, 2011, all drivers are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on any roadway while using an electronic communication device unless the device is used in a hands-free or voice-activated mode. This new legislation defines an electronic communication as any type of personal digital assistant, mobile computer or wireless phone, not just handheld cell phones.

When to Get Legal Help From an Illinois Attorney

The current laws in Illinois make it illegal for all drivers under the age of 19 to operate a motor vehicle while using any type of wireless phone, with or without hands-free accessories. Text messaging, emailing and using the Internet while driving is unlawful for drivers of any age. If you have been issued a citation or are facing criminal traffic charges, contact an experienced Illinois attorney for legal advice immediately.