Bicyclists are often referred to as “vulnerable users” of the roadways. Even the most experienced bicyclist on the most advanced bicycle is at a disadvantage if there is a crash with even the smallest motor vehicle driven by a non-attentive motorist. Sheer physics are blind and unfortunately do not take into account fairness when a collision occurs and what might be a fender bender on a car can lead to serious or even fatal injuries to the bicyclist. Bicyclists are even more vulnerable in Illinois due to the state’s sheer number of citizens and its densely populated urban centers including the metropolis of Chicago. A new 2019 law is designed to combat distracted driving and help reduce crashes and protect bicyclists.
New Illinois Law To Fight Distracted Driving
Studies Confirm Threat of Distracted Driving
- The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often when behind the wheel increased 46% in the last five years.
- Nearly half (49%) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving.
- Nearly 35% of drivers have sent a text or email while driving.
- Approximately 58% of drivers say talking on a cellphone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger.