New Traffic Laws For 2014

Dec 31, 2013

You may have already heard that in the new year Illinois' speed limit will rise to 70 on many highways, and that you can no longer talk on your cell phone while driving unless it's hands free.

If you're driving and are on your cell phone, or some other electronic device, and cause a crash that results in someone getting badly hurt or dying, the penalty is now steeper.

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Illinois is also removing wiggle-room in the sentencing of drivers who are at fault for causing an accident that kills someone -- whether or not a cell phone was involved.

A new law taking effect prohibits judges from giving court supervision.

It's in response to a woman killed in McHenry County when a distracted driver ran a stop sign , and then was sentenced to court supervision, which means there's no conviction on his driving record.

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Another new law is intended to shame egregious toll scofflaws. The state can publish online the names of people and businesses that owe more than $1000 in tolls.