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McHenry County traffic defense lawyerBy now, we have all seen and heard the campaigns encouraging us to put our phones down while driving. Over the last few years, safety groups and even the cell service carriers themselves have consistently reminded drivers to stop texting while driving. Unfortunately, the public does not seem to be heeding these warnings. A law that was passed last year, however, made it possible for Illinois drivers to lose their driving privileges for illegally using their phones while driving. If you are a person who struggles to put your phone down behind the wheel, you should know the potential risks of such behavior.

Disappointing Texting and Driving Statistics

State Farm, an insurance industry leader, recently conducted a survey to gauge attitudes among the general public about using a cell phone while driving. The results of the survey suggested that most people realize the dangers, but far too many drivers use their phones anyway. Over 80 percent of respondents reported that they knew that using a handheld cell phone to make or receive calls was dangerous, but fully one-half of respondents acknowledged they used a handheld device for calls while driving. Nearly all of the survey’s participants—95 percent—said they knew that texting while driving was dangerous and distracting, but more than one-third—35 percent—said they text in spite of the dangers.

In the state of Illinois, it is and has been against the law to use a cell phone or another electronic device to send and receive messages, use apps, and access internet sites while driving. Talking on a cell phone without using a speakerphone or a hands-free function is also illegal. The penalty for a first-time violation is a fine of $75, and a second offense will result in a fine of $100. The fine increases to $125 for a third violation, and a fourth or subsequent offense is punishable by a fine of $150.

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car accidents, Crystal Lake traffic law attorney, increase speed limit, speed limit bill, traffic violation, Illinois speed limit, driver safety, traffic accidents, McHenry County Traffic AttorneyGovernor Quinn recently vetoed a Senate bill that would have allowed the Tollway Authority and the Illinois Department of Transportation to increase the speed limit in urban areas. This bill is being viewed as a companion to one that was passed in 2013, which increased the speed limits on rural highways to 70 miles per hour. This bill would have the same effect on highways passing through urban areas, like the city of Chicago.

Although the bill made it through both houses of the legislature, the Governor opted to veto it based on studies that show a correlation between increasing the speed limit and increased danger to drivers. The bill's sponsors are now working to build enough support in Springfield to override the Governor's veto, citing overwhelming public support for the bill and other competing traffic studies.

Why the Bill was Vetoed

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