New Illinois Driving Laws Ring In 2012
Back Seat Buckle Up
It should not be news to anyone that up until now, both driver and front seat passenger, along with any children under the age of 19, needed to wear safety belts while in the car.
Until now, adult back seat passengers were not legally obligated to wear a seat belt.
But starting January 1st, back seat passengers will not have luxury of going belt free and under the law must also wear a safety belt.
“Safety belts have proven to be effective at reducing the severity of injuries and saving lives in automobile crashes,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Back seat passengers caught not wearing a seat belt could face a $25 fine.
The only exception to the back seat safety belt law will be in the back of taxis and emergency vehicles.
Motorcycle “Dead” Light Law
Motorcycle riders in Illinois will now have the ability to legally run a red light starting January 1st.
The state legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would allow motorcycle riders stopped at a traffic light to proceed through the red phase of the light after waiting 120 seconds and checking to make sure they can cross the intersection safely.
The law was instituted on the behest of motorcycle riders who would often have to wait for long periods of time at traffic lights that used in ground sensors to change the signal. Most motorcycles are not heavy enough to trigger the in pavement sensors.
Unfortunately for Chicago riders, the statewide law does not apply within Chicago city limits.
Truckers Get New Cell Phone Restrictions
State law will now prohibit drivers of commercial vehicles from using their cell phones without some sort of hands free device like a blue tooth headset.
The law does not apply to CB radios.
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