September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- This summer, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed three new traffic safety laws into effect. The new laws are intended to prevent car accidents by strengthening oversight on inexperienced drivers and limiting the ability of drivers who cause fatal accidents to regain their driver's licenses.
The first of the three laws increases the driver's education requirement for new drivers between the ages of 18 and 21. Under current law, prospective drivers over age 18 are not required to have any formal training. The new law will require prospective drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to complete six hours of adult driver's education if they did not take driver's education in high school. The classes will focus on basic driving skills, as well as safety issues including distracted driving
, using cellphones behind the wheel and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The second law will make it harder for young drivers to move from a learner's permit to a full driver's license if they have an unresolved citation on their record. The rule applies to drivers under age 18. The law will also allow officials to cancel a young person's driver's license if it is later determined that there was an unresolved citation at the time the license was issued. This law was deemed "Kelsey's Law" in honor of a 15-year-old girl who died after being hit by a driver who had a learner's permit. Just days later, the at-fault driver was given a driver's license.
The final law will limit court supervision for drivers who cause fatal car accidents. Court supervision allows individuals to have a charge dismissed if they pay a fine and attend Traffic Safety School. Under the new law, this option will only be available in fatal accidents if the at-fault driver has otherwise had a clean driving history.
The laws go into effect on January 1, 2014.
2013 traffic law changes
These laws are part of a statewide trend toward improving driving safety. At the start of 2013, another slate of driving laws went into effect. These laws prohibited all drivers from using handheld cellphones in construction or maintenance zones and prohibited commercial drivers from using handheld cellphones at all times. These regulations were intended to help reduce the rate of distracted driving car accidents.
Another law that went into effect in 2013 allowed drivers involved in accidents that only resulted in property damage
to move their vehicles off the highway before exchanging information. This change was aimed at preventing highway accidents that occur when someone hits a vehicle parked on the shoulder.
Illinois car accident lawsuits
While these laws can go a long way toward making things safer for Illinois drivers, no law can completely protect against negligence and poor decision-making. As such, state law allows accident victims to seek financial compensation from the person or entity responsible for causing their injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you understand your legal options.
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