Laws You Should Know

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Laws that are New in 2014

The Bartlett Police Department reminds residents of the new cell phone law that went into effect on January 1, 2014.  Drivers may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device, such as a hand-held wireless telephone, hand-held personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer. Some of the exemptions to the new law include:

  • using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset
  • using an electronic communication device to report an emergency situation and continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation
  • using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to the normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor transmission in neutral or park
  • using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a roadway

The Bartlett Police Department reminds residents of the new amendment to the Litter Control Act that became effective on January 1, 2014.  Cigarettes are now defined as litter and individuals are prohibited from discarding cigarette butts in any public place or from a motor vehicle.


Everyday Laws that May Affect You

Back Passenger Seat Belt Law -  Effective January 1, 2012, Illinois law began requiring back seat passengers to wear seat belts, regardless of their age or seating position. The move strengthened the state's current seat belt law, which requires passengers in the front seat and anyone younger than 19 years of age to wear a properly secure seat belt. The new law exempts riders in buses, emergency vehicles, and those in the backseat of taxis.

State Law Requires Drivers to Stop for Pedestrians - Effective July 22, 2010, all motorists must now stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is crossing the roadway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, including crosswalks that do not have a stop sign or traffic signal when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. The previous Illinois crosswalk law only required drivers to yield to pedestrians and stop only when necessary

“Share the Road” Bicycle Safety LawsIt is a Class A Misdemeanor for a driver of a motor vehicle to “crowd” or threaten a bicyclist by unnecessarily driving a motor vehicle close to, toward, or near a bicyclist if the violation does not result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another. It is also now a Class A Misdemeanor when a person projects or throws any object or substance at or against a bicyclist.

Cell Phones in School & Construction Zones - As of January 1, 2010, cell phone use is prohibited in school zones while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway. Cell phone use is also prohibited while driving on a highway in a construction zone.

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