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New Law in Hinsdale Targets Distracted Driving

Hinsdale, Illinois has passed a new law that targets distracted driving behaviors.

Distracted driving has become an increasing problem around the nation, much of it linked to cell phone usage while driving. According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,092 traffic deaths in 2010 were caused by “distraction-affected” crashes.

The new ordinance in Hinsdale defines distracted driving behaviors as ”manipulating items within a vehicle, reading, writing, performing personal grooming with any device, interacting physically with pets or unsecured cargo in addition to using a mobile phone or other electronic communication device.”

The police chief of Hinsdale, Bradley Bloom, reports that he and his officers often see these behaviors that lead to other traffic violations such as drifting between lanes, not using turn signals and not waiting at stop signs for pedestrians to cross.

The law was approved on December 11th but will not go into full effect until June of 2013. A driver ticketed for distracted driving will receive a fine of $75 that can be paid without a court date or notice to the Secretary of State.

Distracted driving puts not only the driver at risk but anyone in their path. If you or a loved one know someone who has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver , call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights.