Attention Illinois drivers! There are going to be a few changes in legislation taking place this year. Taking effect on January 1, 2014, the State of Illinois has issued 3 new laws that are going to affect citizens’ driving habits immediately. Because much of our work at CGG takes place out on Chicago’s expressways, we wanted to call attention to efforts being made by the state to keep the drivers of our city safe.
In recent years, state governments across the country have begun to recognize the importance of acting on the dangers of distracted driving. The first law attempts to prevent severe accidents by making it illegal to text and drive. A new House Bill 1247 will join 11 other states in prohibiting any use of phones or mobile technology while driving.
The next bill 2585, which has been sponsored by Representative Natalie Manley and State Senator Martin Sandoval, allows for greater punishment to be inflicted upon those drivers who cause an accident from using technology while driving. Those accused could now face more than just a moving violation and could be threatened with up to a 3 year jail sentence.
Additionally, smokers are going to have new consequences for flicking cigarette butts out of their car windows. Law 3243 will be enacted this year, making people pay for the cigarette litter. If caught, the first and second convictions for this crime will cost you $1,500 each. According to the The Illinois Review, “third or subsequent convictions will be a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years.”
Illinois is really making a positive step forward to keep people safe and respect the roadside environment in the new year. We can only hope that this legislation will create positive changes to promote a safe and healthy driving environment for Chicago and the state of Illinois as a whole.
“Illinois Review.” ‘Illinois Review’ N.p., 13 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.