Traffic laws must be obeyed to protect everyone using sidewalks, streets, and highways. It is necessary to follow the orders of a police officer, firefighter, highway authority official or uniformed adult school crossing guard performing his or her official duties. The driving public needs to be aware of and avoid hazardous driving behaviors in order to decrease traffic injuries and fatalities. New traffic laws in Illinois became effective on January 1, 2014—it is important to be aware of these changes.
- Cellphone Use
- Unless using a hands-free device or Blue Tooth technology, using a cellphone while driving is prohibited. However, drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from any cellphone usage, including hands-free devices.
- Medically Prescribed Cannabis (Marijuana)
- While operating a motor vehicle, using or being impaired by medically prescribed cannabis (marijuana) is prohibited.
- Transportation of Medically Prescribed Cannabis (Marijuana)
- Transporting medically prescribed cannabis in a vehicle is prohibited, UNLESS the marijuana is stored in a tamper-evident container that is inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
- First-Time Driver’s License Applicants (Aged 18-20)
- Effective July 1, 2014: in order to obtain a license, first-time driver’s license applicants aged 18-20 that have not completed driver education must complete an adult driver education course. The six-hour course must be through a licensed Illinois commercial driving school or online driver education program.
- Vehicle Insurance
- When required, drivers can show proof of vehicle insurance electronically (with a cellphone or another electronic device).
- Aggravated DUI
- If operating a school bus or vehicle for-hire while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggravated DUI can be charged.
- Vehicle Registration
- When renewing vehicle registration, proof of insurance must be provided to the Secretary of State’s office.
- Speed Limit
- On four-lane highways in Illinois, the speed limit increased to 70 mph.
For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf to view Illinois 2014 Rules of the Road.