Happy New Year!

The Northlake Police Department wishes to inform the community that there is new state law prohibiting the use of mobile telephones while operating a motor vehicle, effective January 1, 2014.

Cell phone use while driving is the number one distraction behind the wheel. Talking on a cell phone while driving makes you four times as likely to crash and texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by up to eight to 23 times.

The use of mobile telephones is only allowed under the following circumstances:

A driver using an electronic communication device for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation and continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation.

  • A law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle while performing his or her official duties.
  • A driver using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset.
  • A driver using an electronic communication device while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
  • A driver using an electronic communication device when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the driver has the motor vehicle transmission in neutral or park.

If you have any questions or traffic concerns in your area, please contact Sgt. Byars at the Northlake Police department at 708-531-5751, or email at kbyars@northlakecity.com.

Drive Safe. Arrive Alive. Don’t be a Statistic.

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