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TRAFFIC SAFETY


Distracted, Drowsy and Aggressive Driving

Distracted Driving

Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older.

Even using hands-free technology is considered a distraction while driving and can be dangerous. If you must make a phone call, even with hands-free technology, it is recommended that you pull off to the side of the road before making the call.

The only time Illinois drivers can use a hand-held cellphone is:

Drivers who are in a crash resulting from distracted driving may face criminal penalties and incarceration.

View the 2008 Distracted Driving Task Force Final Report

Drowsy Driving

Lack of sleep, fatigue or inattentiveness affects your ability to safely operate your vehicle. When taking a long trip, avoid drowsiness by stopping frequently. Exercise your eyes by reading road signs or shifting the focus of your eyes to different parts of the roadway. Make sure you are properly rested.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. Persons doing any of the following may be committing acts of aggressive driving and pose risk of a crash:

Avoid aggressive drivers and potentially dangerous situations. If you encounter an angry or aggressive motorist: