If you are reading this blog, you probably know that Active Transportation Alliance is concerned about distracted driving. We played a key role in getting Illinois' original distracted driving laws passed. And I'm sure you know how dangerous distracted driving is. As new distracted driving risks become apparent, we push for laws that penalize those risky behaviors.
Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 5101 into law. This legislation, set to go into effect on January 1, 2013, prohibits commercial drivers from using hand-held mobile devices while driving in Illinois, except in a few limited situations. Non-commecial drivers continue to be prohibited from using hand-held devices while driving in school and highway construction zones under existing law.
Governor Quinn also signed HB 5099 into law. This law bans all motorists from using hand-held mobile devices within 500 feet of an emergency scene. This law builds on the existing prohibitions from using hand-held devices while driving in school and highway construction zones.
We know it can be difficult to understand all these laws. So, we offer a simple message. Don't talk or text or do anything else that may distract you while driving. Ever.