Senate Bill 2488 prohibits cellphone use in construction or
maintenance speed zones, regardless of the speed limit in those
zones. Motorists can use cellphones in voice-operated mode, which
includes the use of a headset, or cellphones used with single-button
Prior to the passage of this law, the speed limit in a
work zone had to be lower than the posted speed limit; otherwise, it
was not actually considered a work zone by the definition in
statute, and the higher ticket did not apply. Voice-activated use of
a cellphone was permitted prior to this change.
House Bill 5101 prohibits texting or using a hand-held
cellphone while driving a commercial motor vehicle and makes this a
serious traffic violation. Previously, Illinois law prohibited
texting while driving for all vehicles, but cellphones were
permitted. Illinois statutes were since amended to be in compliance
with the Motor Carrier Safety Regulations law that prohibits texting
and cellphone use by commercial motor vehicle drivers.
A commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle used in commerce and
weighing 26,001 pounds or more (or a lesser weight if determined by
the federal government or secretary of state); or a vehicle designed
to transport 16 or more people; or a vehicle transporting hazardous
materials. Exceptions are RVs for personal use, military vehicles,
fire trucks, police vehicles and other emergency response vehicles.
"People are tragically injured and killed in work zones and by
commercial motor vehicles due to distracted driving. Cellphone
distractions have been proven to be as dangerous as drinking and
driving," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider.
"These laws will stiffen distracted driving laws and save lives."
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Senate Bill 3409 allows the driver of a vehicle involved
in a motor vehicle crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle to
move the vehicle off the highway to the nearest safe location. The
locations for the driver to consider are an exit ramp shoulder, a
frontage road, the nearest suitable cross street or other locations
that will not obstruct traffic. The law states the driver should
remain at that location until the requirements are fulfilled
concerning the duty to give information and render aid.
The previous statute involving moving a vehicle following a crash
stated: "Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic
more than is necessary." Senate Bill 3409 clarifies the language and
explains that moving your vehicle to safety will not violate the
"The decisions made immediately following a crash are critical,"
Schneider said. "This law will reduce the chances of further injury
and secondary crashes by allowing able vehicles to clear the roadway
following a crash."
The Illinois State Police and nearly 300 law enforcement agencies
statewide began enforcing these new laws on Jan. 1, along with
current laws on impaired driving and seat belts.
For more information about IDOT's traffic safety programs, visit
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