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reckless driving, Naperville traffic violation defense lawyers, Class 4 felony conviction, texting and driving, speedingReckless driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is not safe for you or others on the roadway. Specifically, Illinois law describes reckless driving as driving that is either:

  • In wanton or willful disregard for the safety of other people or personal property; or
  • Knowingly using an incline in the roadway, such as a hill, to make a motor vehicle become airborne.

Reckless driving is not the same as careless driving. Reckless driving describes more dangerous behavior than careless driving and is thus charged more severely than careless driving. If you are facing a reckless driving charge, contact an experienced traffic violation defense lawyer as soon as possible to begin working on your defense strategy.

Examples of Reckless Driving

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distracted drivingOn January 1, 2014 Illinois banned the use of electronic devices, including hand held cell phones, while behind the wheel of a vehicle. This new law is an expansion to 625 ILCS 5/12 610.2, Illinois’ previously enacted anti-texting and driving statute.

While the new law completely outlaws the use of electronic devices while a driver is driving a vehicle, there are a few exceptions that have been carved out by the legislature that allow for the use of some electronic devices. The statute provides for drivers to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS), CB and HAM radios, or a device that is “physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle.” In addition, the statute allows drivers to use an electronic device in hands free or voice-operated mode, and provides for the use of a head set. The fine for violation of the statute for a first offense is $75, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

In addition, the new statute is a primary law, which means that an officer can pull you over if he sees you using your electronic device while driving. A secondary law is one where an officer must pull you over for something else and notice the secondary offense in order to issue a citation.

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