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Posted on: January 21, 2019

New Laws for Illinois Drivers

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CHILD / INFANT CAR SEATS
Requires that children under two years of age be placed in rear-facing child seats unless the child weighs 40 pounds or more, or is 40 inches or taller.

LEFT LANE USERS
Illinois State Police troopers will begin cracking down on a 2017 law on “left lane lollygaggers.” If you didn’t know, Illinois law requires people to use the left lane on highways and interstates only for passing or to avoid a traffic situation, not to drive in continuously.

TEXTING AND DRIVING
Texting while driving is now a moving violation which will go on a driver’s record. Three moving violations in 12 months will trigger a license suspension. Previously, first-time texters caught by cops would be given a non-moving violation that didn’t count on a driver’s record.

THE DUTCH REACH
Instead of opening the car door with your hand that’s closest to the door, drivers and passengers should reach over with their farthest hand after parallel parking. This movement forces drivers to see the rearview mirror and observe oncoming traffic, particularly bikes. The “Dutch reach” started in the Netherlands, where cycling is prevalent. As of 2019, it is officially included in Illinois’ Rule of the Road book and will be asked on driver’s license exams. 

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