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Illinois New Laws Effective 01-01-10

¨ Texting while driving ban. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2

Provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message.

¨ Hands-free cell phone use in school zones & construction zones. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.1

Provides that a person, regardless of age, may not use a wireless telephone in a school speed zone or a construction or maintenance speed zone, except for a person engaged in a highway construction or maintenance project for which a construction or maintenance speed zone has been established when the person is using a wireless telephone.

These laws will save lives and make our roads safer to drive on.

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Something to Think About:

Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness

* The legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages in Illinois is 21.

* In 2008, 11,773 people were killed throughout the United States due

to alcohol- impaired traffic crashes.

* When a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches 0.05%, their

judgment and information processing starts to become impaired.

* For females, it can take as few as one or two drinks in an hour to

reach this BAC level.

* For males, it can take as few as two or three drinks in an hour to

reach this BAC level.

* When a person’s BAC reaches 0.08%, they are legally presumed to be

under the influence of alcohol.

* For females, it can take as few as two or three drinks in an hour to

reach this BAC level.

* For males, it can take as few as three or four drinks to reach this

BAC level.

* When a person’s BAC reaches 0.10%, their coordination, attention span,

* Be alert for signs of intoxicated drivers which can include vehicles

that  frequently drift back and forth within their traffic lane

*           Weave in and out of their traffic lane;

*           Travel at erratic speeds;

*           Drive with their bright lights on;

reaction time and judgment are seriously affected.

* If you consume alcoholic beverages, be sure to arrange for a

designated driver.

*           Remain stopped at traffic lights when the light is green;

*           Appear to have a driver asleep behind the wheel.

*           If you observe what you believe to be an intoxicated motorist

driving on the road, immediately call the police by dialing 9-1-1.

If you consume alcoholic beverages, please drink legally and responsibly; and remember, if you drink, don’t drive.

PSA Texting While Driving

We have linked a Public Service Announcement that will help parents and teens both realize how dangerous texting can be.  Although texting a message may seem innocent to some; but when you combine it while driving, it can be deadly. Driving is the most dangerous task anyone will learn to do, and is the leading cause of deaths in teenagers. So teens and parents alike after you view this video, talk it over and see if you still agree texting isn’t that big of a deal.