It's Everyone's Responsibility.
The Illinois Tollway is committed to exploring ways to develop and promote better roadway safety. From project planning to roadway construction, safety is always a top priority. The Tollway’s planning and engineering teams consistently seek opportunities to make roads safer, and Tollway leadership promotes driver safety throughout the organization.
The lives of the Tollway’s customers and employees depend on it.
Maintenance workers, H.E.L.P. truck drivers, Illinois State Police troopers, construction contractors and toll collectors risk their lives every day, and customers put their trust in these individuals and each other to have a safe, reliable commute. Unfortunately, not all drivers understand the dangers of a highway system designed to keep traffic moving.
It is for this reason the Illinois Tollway has launched initiative after initiative to promote roadway safety, enhance the highway system and educate the public on the law and best practices of driving. The Tollway continuously looks for effective ways to develop and promote safety.
Work Zone Safety
The Illinois Tollway has always committed to ensuring that its work zones remain safe for both drivers and workers during construction. As the 2012 construction season got into full swing, the Tollway joined the Illinois Department of Transportation in launching the Embrace the Orange campaign.
Each year, we commit to getting the word out that work zone safety affects drivers as well as construction workers. In Illinois, almost four out of five work zone fatalities involve someone other than a worker. Driving home the message of See Orange. Slow Down. Save Lives, our agency continued its efforts to remind motorist that every life counts.
It is important for everyone to do their part to improve work zone safety. Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.
2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week
National Work Zone Safety Week brings national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones across the country. This year’s campaign, “Drive Like You Work Here,” reminds drivers to use extra caution in work zones to keep everyone safe. As roadways are maintained and upgraded, it is important for drivers to help provide a safe environment and exhibit safe driving habits through highway work zones.
The Illinois Tollway is proud of its commitment to safety and is a partner in the National Work Zone Awareness Week effort.
Drop It and Drive
New law prohibits use of hand-held devices while driving.
Effective July 1, 2019, a first-time offense for using an electronic communication device while driving in Illinois is considered a moving violation.
It’s considered a moving violation even if the vehicle is stopped at a traffic signal. A phone in one hand means a ticket in the other.
The fine for a first offense is a maximum of $75, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense. Drivers with three or more moving violations within a 12-month period risk suspension of their driver’s license.
Give Them Distance
In January 2017, Illinois expanded the state’s move over law, Scott’s Law, to include any vehicle with hazard lights flashing. Later that year, the Illinois Tollway launched the “Give them Distance” campaign as a way to highlight and promote the importance of roadway safety, and the dangers of not ceding to first responders and distressed vehicles on the shoulder of the road.
In July 2019, Illinois further expanded the Move Over law to increase the minimum fine for a first time violation to $250 and to $750 for subsequent violations. The expanded law also increases criminal penalties to up to three years in prison if the violation results in an injury or death of another person.
Scott’s Law, was first enacted in 2002 after Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene in December 2000. The law requires motorists approaching stopped emergency vehicles with lights flashing to slow down and move over, changing lanes if possible to make extra room.
The Illinois Tollway along with various transportation, safety and government leaders came together to raise awareness of this law by launching the Give Them Distance campaign.