New Driving Laws in Illinois as of Jan 1 2010
Date: December 22, 2009
Contact: Dawn Domrose
Sheriff Reminds Resident of New Traffic Laws for 2010
Sheriff John Zaruba would like to remind residents of a few new laws taking effect January 1st. These new laws are intended to reduce crashes and save lives by reducing distracted driving on Illinois’ roadways.
The new laws ban motorists from sending text messages while driving in Illinois, and make it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving through a highway construction zone or school zone. In addition, it will become illegal to compose, send or read text messages, instant messages and e-mail on a cell phone or surf the internet while driving. The ban also includes personal digital assistants and portable or mobile computers, but does not include global positioning systems (GPS) or navigation systems.
Also taking effective on January 1st is a new law regarding driving an uninsured motor vehicle causing bodily harm. If you are involved in an accident with injuries, and you do not have motor vehicle insurance, you will now be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, instead of a traffic citation for this offense.
“I urge anyone who has any questions on these new traffic laws, to contact my Community Resource Unit at 630-407-2317 so that your questions can be answered,” Sheriff Zaruba said. “These new laws are important and will make our roads safer for all motorists of DuPage County,” he continued.