New 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 cellphones, 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
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 signs advising of traffic shifts, roadway incidents and other warnings.
Drop It and Drive.
Using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal in Illinois.
One of the most common crashes in a work zone is a rear-end collision. In addition, traffic in work zones makes sudden stops.
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 – View Traffic Cameras offers "bird's eye" views from 21 different locations along the Tollway system and Tollway Trip Calculator
- www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
- 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 – Customers can call to get recorded information that is updated every two hours or as conditions require during winter storms.
- Motorists can call *999 for roadway assistance.
- Illinois State Police District 15 patrols the 286-mile Tollway system.
- Tollway oases are a great place to rest, refuel and take a break from winter travel, with a variety of food and beverage offerings and fuel stations.
- On the road and need to update your I-PASS account or add funds to your balance? Stop into one of our five Tollway Customer Service Centers.
The new 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
The Illinois Travel Guide provides you with all the tools to have a memorable experience in Illinois. Whether you prefer the bustling culture of the big city, the hospitality of small towns or the serene beauty of natural wonders, Illinois is sure to please.