Will Cell Phone Bans While Driving Be Effective At Making Our Roads Safer?


The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) conducted a study last November to create a measuring stick state authorities could use to device whether a new law that went into effect on January 1 of this year reduced the number of people who use cell phones while driving. The new and more stringent law would make it easier for law enforcement to identify people in violation because it now states that a person driving may not hold any electronic device in their hand.

The study, which was conducted on 33,000 Illinoisans across the state, showed that Chicago was the worst offender, with 18 percent of all drivers (21 percent female and 15 percent male) using and holding some sort of electronic device. On average, 12 percent of drivers in Illinois were using electronic devices while driving.

With 6,000 wrecks in Illinois caused by distracted driving while using a cell phone between 2008 and 2012, authorities hope that this new law will cause the numbers seen in this baseline study to decrease dramatically by the time IDOT conducts its follow up study to this legislation.

If you or a loved one were involved in a wreck with a distracted driver, please contact our firm to set up a free consultation to discuss your case options.

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