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Wheaton IL traffic violation lawyerWith the rise of technology, almost everyone has a computer in their pocket these days -- their cell phones. While these handy devices can make life easier for us, they have also proven to make life more dangerous. In an effort to prevent drivers from using their electronic devices while driving, a new Illinois law that will take effect in July will increase the consequences that drivers will face when caught using an electronic device while driving. This new law will make a first-time offense of using an electronic device while driving a moving violation, rather than just a warning.

New Law Changes Penalties for First-Time Offenders

Before the new law was enacted, the Illinois Vehicle Code stated that drivers needed to be caught using an electronic device while driving at least twice before any disciplinary action would be taken against them. Under the new law, drivers only need to be caught using an electronic device once before they are issued a ticket for a moving violation. Beginning in July of this year, first-time offenders who use an electronic device while driving will see the infraction on their driving record. If drivers commit the offense more than three times in a 12-month period, they will face a driver’s license suspension. In addition to the violations, they will also face fines as follows:

  • First offense: $75
  • Second offense: $100
  • Third offense: $125
  • Fourth or subsequent offense: $150

Scope of the Problem

Though various governments and state police officers across the nation have been cracking down on distracted driving, it still remains an issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,450 people were killed as a result of distracted driving in 2016, and nearly 400,000 people were injured by distracted driving accidents in 2015. The handheld use of electronic devices has decreased, but the NHTSA states that using an electronic device in any way while driving increases your risk of crashing by 3.6 times.

Contact a DuPage County Traffic Violations Attorney

Though a first-time offense of driving while using an electronic device is now a moving violation, it can easily become a misdemeanor or felony if you cause someone else great bodily harm or death because of a crash. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we understand the gravity of distracted driving violations. Our skilled Wheaton, IL traffic violations lawyers can help you form a solid defense against any traffic charges you may face. Call our office today at 630-580-6373 to schedule a free consultation.

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DuPage County speeding ticket attorneys, speeding, traffic offenseThrill seekers and lead foot drivers beware: Excessive speeding can land you in jail. Under Illinois law, if you are going at least 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, you could face jail time.

The excessive speeding laws in Illinois provide:

  • Going more than 26-35 mph over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by 180 days in jail and/or up to a $1,500 fine.
  • Going more than 35 mph over the speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine.

The laws on this issue were updated in 2014, so if you have received a speeding ticket beforehand, different rules may apply.

No Supervision Available for Excessive Speeding

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DuPage County traffic violation attorney, suspended licenseA suspension of your license means that the state of Illinois has temporarily removed your driving privileges. No matter the cause, unless your license is permanently revoked, your privileges are restorable, either after the set amount of time has elapsed or once the court deems your eligibility again.

Suspension occurs for a wide variety of reasons, including anything from speeding tickets to delinquent child support payments. If you drive on a suspended license, however, then you are likely to face additional, more serious penalties.

How Did My License Get Suspended in the First Place?

License suspension in Illinois is a frequent occurrence. If you fail to pay ticketed fines, such as parking fines or toll charges for an excessive amount of time, your license is jeopardized. Non-driving related offenses put you at risk as well, such as failure to pay child support or breaking visitation regulations. Other behaviors that can result in a suspension include:

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DuPage County criminal defense attorneyThe latest fad of today is Pokémon Go. The smartphone app was anticipated for years, and, within 24 hours of its launch, millions of Americans were out of their houses and into the streets trying to “catch ‘em all.” The game is simply a phenomenon, and all players are discovering new ingenious ideas on how to capture more pocket monsters. Some have even been playing the game while behind the wheel, resulting in distracted driving.

“Stay Aware of Your Surroundings”

As the game loads on your device, there is a charming picture of a Pokémon jumping at an unsuspecting trainer, reminding you, “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.” Recent updates to the game even remind users not to play while driving.

The creators intentionally put these warnings in as a way to remind players to use the game carefully. There are a growing number of daily incidents of players injuring themselves or those around them, as well as some players even risking death as a result of poor decisions. Therefore, it stands to reason that with the growing popularity of the game, the applicable laws must again be explored.

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