This week, a proposed ordinance was presented to the Chicago City Council which would create new traffic violation offenses for bicyclists in the city. The City Council’s Traffic Safety Committee and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have expressed support for the ordinance.
The proposal would ban bicyclists in Chicago from using cell phones without hands-free devices while in motion. In addition, bicyclists would be completely banned from texting.
Bicyclists who are caught using cell phones or texting could be ticketed by police. Traffic citations for 1st offenses would most likely cost around $20. Citations for subsequent offenses could cost up to $100. Also, if a bicyclist is involved in an accident involving cell phone usage, they could be fined up to $500.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a traffic violation, contact the Champaign traffic violation defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about how we can help defend you.