Responsible drivers can avoid hefty fines in Illinois. For example, if you text while driving and your actions caused great bodily harm to another, you can lose your license for a year and have to pay a $1,000 fine, according to the new bill that was signed to fine driving violations.
These new penalties apply to all tablets, laptops and other hand-held devices you use while driving. They don’t apply to drivers who are reporting emergencies to emergency personnel, those using hands-free or voice-activated modes or drivers who are parked in neutral on the side of the road or in traffic.
The new law comes into effect July 2020 so take measures to prevent violations and avoid accidents by following these tips:
Keep your eyes on the road when you are behind the wheel – it’s no place for multi-tasking. This includes brushing your hair, applying makeup, eating or shaving. If you try to do more things, your attention will not be focused on possible obstructions or pedestrians in front of your car. The best way to ensure your eyes remain on the road is by ensuring your hands are in the 9 and 3 o’clock position on the wheel. This will automatically make your brain pay attention.
If you don’t have a hands-free device, an incoming call or text can wait – even if it is from your boss. If you still pick up that call, you will take your eyes off the road, especially when you must look down to text or dial a number, which can cause an accident. So make sure your phone is either on silent mode or shut down while you are traveling in your vehicle and only turn it back on when you reach your destination and are off the road.
Your mind should be at peace when you are driving. Anger gives us tunnel vision, which results in blind spots, which can hide oncoming cars or pedestrians. Plus, you will drive more aggressively when you are upset, which can increase your chances of getting into a car accident. According to the law, aggressive driving can also lead to hefty penalties – especially if you have been repeatedly involved in such cases. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case.
Even the most responsible drivers can fall victim to erratic drivers on the road. If they refuse to pay for damages, you have the right to retain an attorney. If you find yourself in such a situation, get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens. We have a team of professionals working to protect your rights. Call us today in Chicago, Waukegan, Libertyville, Woodstock or Antioch, IL and get the money you need and deserve. The call is free and the advice will prove invaluable for your case.