The Doings Weekly recently discussed the Illinois texting while driving law, and what police in Chicago’s western suburbs are doing to enforce it. The article reports that in some towns, law enforcement officials have started heavily enforcing the law, while others choose not to enforce it. The reason why some police do not enforce the texting law is because they feel that among driving laws, for example, speeding or driving under the influence, texting while driving does not seem like the most pressing issue.
However, texting while driving is clearly dangerous and should be a priority. In 2009 the Virginia Tech Transportation Institution administered a study that showed texting while driving makes getting in an accident 23 times more likely. Distracted driving is responsible for one-fifth of injury crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Some police claim that it’s challenging to decide whether or not someone is texting, dialing a number, changing radio stations, messing with an mp3 player or GPS, etc. However, law enforcement should be taking steps to deter drivers from any form of distracted driving.
The Doings Weekly compares the recent texting law to the required seat belt law that occurred decades ago. Today, the seatbelt law is heavily enforced, and although it is challenging to tell if someone is wearing one or not , police make those calls. The texting law exists to encourage people to create safe driving habits, and to help them better understand the seriousness of driving distracted. Distracted driving can lead to serious Illinois car accidents and personal injuries.
Our Chicago accident attorneys applaud the towns listed in the article that seriously enforce texting while driving laws, including:
• La Grange • Western Springs • Hinsdale • Oakbrook Terrace • Clarendon Hills • Burr Ridge
Penalties vary depending on whether or not texting while driving is considered a state law or as the individual community’s ordinance. Usually, when it is enforced as an ordinance, there is a fine that can start from $35.00 and go as high as $165.00. The state offense has an $120.00 fine.
Our Illinois car accident attorneys encourage drivers to avoid driving distracted at all costs. This type of behavior includes texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving drowsy, or using other technology while operating a car. This behavior can not only harm the driver themselves, but also other drivers on the road. This type of driving can result in serious injury or even death. If you have been a victim in a distracted driving accident, or have lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case. We may be able to help you receive fair compensation and also bring attention to the seriousness of driving distracted.