The state of Illinois has introduced a staggering 214 new laws for the New Year, largely due to a very busy state legislature, according to a Huffington Post report. The new laws are now in effect as of January 1. As the state and the city of Chicago are increasing fines for IL residents found to be violating any state laws, it is important to know some of the more notable laws that may affect your everyday life. The following are just a few of the new rules to keep in mind while you’re traveling on the open roads of the Prairie State:
New Trucking Laws
In a new measure sponsored by an IL senator, commercial truck drivers are now allowed to travel the same speed as other motor vehicles in the state. The previous law only allowed them to travel the same speed in certain areas. In addition, truck drivers will now have to use hands free devices due to a ban on cell phone use while driving.
New Law for Motorcyclists and Bicyclists
For citizens on two wheels, all motorcyclists and bicyclists are now legally able to pass through a red light after waiting two minutes. The rationale behind this new measure is that bikes and motorcycles are typically not heavy enough to trigger the sensors that switch a light from red to green. The old law required them to wait for another vehicle to trigger the sensor before proceeding through the light.
Backseat Passengers Safety Belt Law
As of the first of this year, House Bill 219 states adult passengers riding in the backseat not wearing a seatbelt can be ticketed and fined. If found in violation of that law, a person could fine could be up to $25. The previous law only required individuals in the front seat to buckle up. Illinois is the 26th state to approve such a law.
A majority of the new 2012 laws for Illinois are intended to protect residents and keep them safe, so it is important to obey these new measures so as not to endanger yourself or others around you. However, being the victim of a personal injury accident may still be possible if others act in a negligent, reckless manner. If you have been injured in any type of accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, the personal injury attorneys in Chicago of the Bradley Law Firm can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Please call (312) 252-1488 for a free consultation.