Distracted driving laws prohibit the use of all hand-held electronic devices while driving on all public roads in Illinois all the time. The use of cell phones, as well as electronic communications devices or any other electronic device, to text, email, compose, read or send electronic messages or access the Internet while driving a motor vehicle at any time is also prohibited.
We need your help to stop traffic deaths in Illinois.
Tips for safer driving
- Don't text and drive
- Save a life - buckle up
- Turn off your cellphone while driving
- Don't drink and drive
The Illinois Tollway reminds you to:
Slow down whether or not workers are present.
Drive the posted speed limit at all times, 24/7, because:
- It's the law
- Work zone traffic lanes are narrower than other lanes
- Traffic patterns shift often
- Pavement may be uneven in sections
Penalties for hitting a worker are severe.
The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone:
- $375 for the first offense
- $1,000 minimum for second offense
- Hitting a worker in a work zone could result in a fine of $10,000 and up to 14 years in jail
Watch for traffic shifts, roadway incidents and other warnings.
A driver distracted by an activity other than driving is up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash, according to statics shared by the Federal Highway Administration.
One of the most common crashes in a work zone is a rear-end collision. In addition, traffic in work zones makes sudden stops.
Drop It and Drive.
Using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal in Illinois.
Data shared by the Federal Highway Administration found cell phone use increases the rate of rear-end collisions, decreases brake time by 18 percent, and causes a 25 percent increase in erratic driving.
Move over for emergency vehicles.
Illinois law requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles stopped along the roadway to:
- Reduce speed
- Change lanes if possible
- Proceed with caution
Watch for workers.
Keep an eye out for the safety colors of orange and fluorescent lime-green that all workers wear when on the roads.
If you must pull over or are in an accident in the work zone, stay in your vehicle.
Call *999 for non-emergency roadway assistance.
Know Before You Go
The Tollway offers a variety of ways for drivers to get the latest information on travel and roadway construction to help you plan your trip, including:
- www.illinoistollway.com – Live roadway images, travel times and real-time roadway incident information
- www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
- www.nbcchicago.com – Up-to-the-minute traffic by roadway
- www.myfoxchicago.com – Latest traffic conditions
- www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294
- 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure and travel information (updated every two hours or as conditions require during winter storms)
Help Along the Way
- Motorists can call *999 for roadway assistance. Tollway Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) truck or Illinois State Police District 15 personnel will assist you. Dial 911 for emergencies.
- Illinois State Police District 15 patrols the 286-mile Tollway system.
- Travelers who want to take a break can stop at any of the Tollway's six oases pavilions, which are open 24 hours a day. A list of oases is available on the Tollway's website at www.illinoistollway.com. Six oases facilities have been designated as Safe Phone Zones, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, as part of a nationwide effort to reduce distracted driving by encouraging drivers to pull into safe, convenient locations to use their cellphones for calling, texting and accessing mobile apps.
To help kick off the summer road trip season, the Illinois Tollway is offering free Tollway BINGO cards. Traditional road trip games like BINGO can help keep passengers entertained for hours, allowing drivers to pay attention to their surroundings and keep everyone safe.
The Illinois Tollway guide provides a quick reference to local hotels and tourism attractions located near each of the Tollway's interchanges.
Attractions and facilities have been identified in coordination with the Illinois Office of Tourism and local convention and visitors bureaus. For additional Illinois tourism information, visit www.enjoyillinois.com.
Illinois Travel Guide
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