Police in Illinois are cracking down on Distracted Driving and will continue to do so. Distracted Driving is any activity that could divert a driver’s attention away from the task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include and are not limited to:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming and deadly distraction.
The controlling Illinois Statute is 625 ILCS 5/11-503.5 which provides:
“A person commits distracted driving when he or she operates a motor vehicle while doing anything that distracts the driver from driving in a lawful manner. Provides that a law enforcement officer may charge a person with distracted driving under this provision if the officer has stopped the person for any violation of a law or ordinance governing the movement of vehicles and if the officer determines that the driver was driving while distracted.”
Any person who commits the offense of distracted driving is subject to an additional fine equivalent to the amount of the fine for the underlying offense that he or she committed (meaning, you could pay the same fine amount for the offense for which you were pulled over for).
The state treats all traffic offenses as very serious matters. At the Lawler Brown Law Firm we understand that our legal representation must tailor to your specific life situation. You should feel confident in knowing you hired the right Defense Attorney to best represent your specific needs. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case. But rest assured, I will fight to ensure the best possible resolution in your case. Contact our office today for a FREE consultation.
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