Here are some of the new laws that went into effect Wed., Jan 1, 2014
CELL PHONE USE ON THE ROAD
Illinois drivers will have to use hands-free technology to talk on cell phones while driving or else they’ll have to pull off the road to make a call.
Emergencies are the only exception
Penalties will also increase for drivers who injure or kill others in crashes caused by the use of a cell phone or other electronic device.
SPEED LIMIT INCREASE
Most Illinois highways will increase speed limits to 70 miles an hour.
That includes short stretches of Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 southwest of Joliet, Interstate 57 south of Park Forest and Interstate 88 west of Aurora. A stretch of Interstate 94 between Waukegan and the Wisconsin border will also increase.
School districts can install cameras on school buses, and if you’re caught passing a school bus while it’s stopped, you’ll be fined.
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