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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose # 563 ~ 630.407.2010

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sheriff Reminds Resident of New Traffic Laws for 2014

Sheriff John Zaruba would like to remind residents of a few new laws taking effect January 1st.  These new laws are intended to reduce crashes and save lives by reducing distracted driving on Illinois’ roadways. 

The new laws ban motorists from having any form of video device applications operating that are visible to the driver while operating the motor vehicle and it will be illegal to use a hand-held electronic communication device while driving.The ban also includes personal digital assistants and portable or mobile computers, but does not include global positioning systems (GPS) or navigation systems or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into a motor vehicle. 

Also taking effective on January 1st is upgraded charges to any person under the age of 19 who is charged with aggravated use of a wireless device. If you are involved in an accident with injuries, while using a wireless device, you will be charged with a Class 4 Felony, instead of a Class A Misdemeanor for this offense. 

“Residents need to remember that a Bluetooth device is acceptable regarding the new no hand-held electronic device law, but you cannot use any type of headsets or ear buds that cover both ears,” Sheriff Zaruba said. “I urge all citizens to educate themselves on the new laws because the consequences can be costly in both human life and your bank account. These new laws are important and they will be fully enforced, which will make our roads safer for all motorists of DuPage County,” he continued.