Traffic Concerns

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New 2012 Traffic Laws

As of January 01, 2012, all occupants of a motor vehicle must wear a properly adjusted seat belt.
The law applies to all ages, weather in the front or rear seats.

Distracted Driving

Each year, over 30,000 people die and millions are injured due to traffic crashes in the United States.
It is the leading cause of death to people age 16 to 25. Crash statistics show that Distracted Driving
contributes to 25% of all crashes. Distracted behaviors include cell phone and computer use, personal grooming, reading and eating while operating a motor vehicle. The Elk Grove Police Department recommends not engaging in distractive activities while driving to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Current Laws

The use of an electronic communication device (texting) while driving anywhere in the state is against the law. This includes sending, composing, or reading any type of electronic message. It does not prohibit viewing a GPS unit that is properly mounted. The use of a cell phone in a school or construction zone is also illegal. Remember: Drive Now - Text Later.

For more information about distracted driving and other Illinois traffic laws including the Graduated Drivers License Program, refer to the Illinois Secretary of State website at www.cyberdrive.illinois.com.