Law and Conversation

December 15, 2009

Distracted Drivers

Filed under: Law — Helen Gunnarsson @ 11:22 pm
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A Facebook friend and lawyer posted a link to a product on Amazon, the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk, that must have been designed especially for distracted drivers (or airline pilots):  http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8  The customer reviews are hilarious, as are the product photos on the left that you should be sure to scroll through.

Distracted driving and how to curb it is one of the hottest traffic law topics these days.  Illinois recently enacted a law, P.A. 96-0130, prohibiting texting while driving.  I wrote about the new law in the current (December 2009) issue of the Illinois Bar Journal; Illinois State Bar Association members can access the article at http://www.isba.org/ibj/2009/12/598_lawpulse.html#dwt   The new statute, which is effective Jan. 1, 2010, is at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=096-0130&GA=096 and amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to add new 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 .

As always, I had great sources for my article.  Chicago lawyer Ava George Stewart and Skokie lawyer Edward M. Maloney provided insightful commentary from two very different points of view on the new statute.  Maloney not only is a seasoned and well-known DUI defense attorney and advocate for motorists seeking reinstatement of their driving privileges or restricted driving permits from the Illinois Secretary of State (see my article “Representing DUI Clients Before The Secretary of State,” in the November 2009 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, available at http://www.isba.org/ibj/2009/11/556_dui-administrative.html ) but also assisted in drafting the legislation.  George Stewart has written multiple posts about distracted drivers on her Chicago DUI Law Blog at, for example, http://chicagoduilaw.blogspot.com/2009/08/chicago-dui-lawyer-comments-on-texting_30.html .  And among the many fine lawyers in Champaign-Urbana is Mark C. Palmer, whose firm’s website is at http://www.efbclaw.com/ and who called my and other Facebook friends’ attention to the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk.

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