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Wheaton Police: Slow Down and Get Off Your Phone

Police will crack down on speed limits and cell phone use along Butterfield Road.

The following is a message from the City of Wheaton:

Wheaton Police Officers will strictly enforce vehicle code violations within the construction zone along Butterfield Road in order to maintain safety for pedestrians, vehicle operators, and construction workers. Vehicle operators are reminded to drive with special care in construction zones. Two specific codes are very important:

  • Restricted posted speed limits in construction zones (625 ILCS 5/11-605.1.e)
  • No use of wireless telephones in construction zones (625 ILCS 5/12-610.1.e)

Additional information may be found in the Illinois Vehicle Code.

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Steve Seaney April 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I thought it was legal to use a cell phone with a hands-free device in a construction zone. Did I misunderstand the law? Steve
Jenn L April 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
From the Illinois Vehicle Code: (e) A person, regardless of age, may not use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway in a school speed zone established under Section 11-605, or on a highway in a construction or maintenance speed zone established under Section 11-605.1. This subsection (e) does not apply to (i) a person engaged in a highway construction or maintenance project for which a construction or maintenance speed zone has been established under Section 11-605.1, (ii) a person using a wireless telephone for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to, law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services agency or entity, (iii) a law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle when performing the officer's or operator's official duties, or (iv) to a person using a wireless telephone in voice-activated mode. My understanding is that Part (iv) includes the use of a Bluetooth or wired headset. We can't dial or answer manually if we're in a construction zone, but we can use talk-to-dial.

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