For Your Information: A Summary of State Statute Changes in 2014

Effective January 1st, a number of new changes to State Statute will impact residents, businesses and visitors in the Village.  Below is a brief information summary of changes for your reference:

  1. Prohibition of Electronic Communication Device Use While Driving: With some exceptions, the use of any electronic communications device while driving, aside from a hands-free device or two-way radio, is now strictly prohibited.  Drivers may use their electronic communication device in their vehicles only if the vehicle is parked or in neutral and the normal flow of traffic is obstructed or if contacting emergency personnel in the event of an emergency. See Public Act 98-0506 or 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 for more information. A ticket for this violation is recorded as a moving violation on a driver's record. If a driver accrues three moving violations within 12 months, it could result in his or her driver's license being suspended.
  2. Aggravated Offenses for Vehicle Accidents Involving Electronic Devices: Any person convicted of driving while using a video device, wireless telephone or electronic communication device commits a Class A misdemeanor if, in committing the violation, the person was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another and the violation was the proximate cause of the injury.  Similarly, a Class 4 felony is committed if the accident results in the death of another person.
  3. Cigarette Butts Added to Definition of “Litter”: Cigarette butts are now considered to be litter, and improper disposal will be considered littering.

For any questions, contact the Police Department at (847) 599-7000.