device, Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyerBy now, virtually everyone knows that using a cell phone or other mobile device to send text messages or emails while driving is extremely dangerous. It also against the law in most states. If you are cited for texting while driving in Illinois, fines start at $75 for a first offense and go up from there. Thanks to two new pieces of technological innovation, however, it may soon be more difficult for drivers to text while behind the wheel but easier for the police to know that drivers have been texting.

Limits for Teen Drivers

Derive Systems, a company that specializes in automotive technology, says that it will be releasing a new device in 2018 that limits what a driver can do while driving. According to company officials, the Derive Teen Driver plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic port and makes logic adjustments to the car’s computer. The device can be set—ostensibly by parents—to limit the vehicle’s speed, to prevent the car from starting if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt, and even to lock and disable the driver’s cell phone.

Full details are not yet available regarding how the system prevents drivers from using their phones, but Derive says parents are certainly to exercise more control over their teens’ driving. Derive Teen Driver will be introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January.

The Textalyzer

When one father learned that his college-aged son had died in a car accident in 2011, he suspected that texting while driving had played a role in the crash. It took the man six months of legal action to get the other driver’s cell phone records—records that only showed possible phone calls or data transfers, not the use of apps like Instagram or Kik. Following his son’s death, the man became an activist against texting while driving, and his efforts pushed one company to develop a device called the Textalyzer.

Created by Cellebrite, the Textalyzer is about the size of a tablet computer and can be plugged into a cell phone to analyze the phone’s system logs. Without showing phone numbers or data, the Textalzyer will retrieve information about calls or texts made from the phone. The device still does not give the police access to app history.

The Textalyzer is currently being reviewed by public and traffic safety committees nationwide, including the Public Safety Committee in Chicago, as there are serious concerns about violations of personal privacy. As it currently stands, police must obtain a warrant to search a person’s cell phone, even after an arrest. Proponents of the device claim that it does not reveal phone numbers or message content, so it would be legal. Critics believe that the use of the Textalyzer would be a clear violation of constitutional rights. It remains to be seen if such a device will soon be in the hands of police departments across the country.

We Can Help

If you or your child has received a citation for texting while driving, it is important to fully understand your options before simply paying the fine. Contact an experienced traffic violations attorney in Rolling Meadows to discuss your case. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/12/derive-systems-teenage-driver-will-keep-teens-from-texting-and-driving.html

https://www.marketplace.org/2017/10/16/life/device-detect-texting-while-driving-raises-legal-questions

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traffic camera, Arlington Heights traffic violations attorneyMost drivers realize that before turning right on a red light in Illinois, they must first come to a complete stop. Then, if the traffic patterns allow it, they may continue with their turn. But what happens when drivers are not sure whether the light at a particular intersection applies to the right-turn lane? Are drivers still responsible for coming to a complete stop before turning? That is the critical question in a lawsuit recently filed in Cook County which could potentially affect the disposition of thousands of tickets from a single Crestwood intersection.

Traffic Cameras in Crestwood

About a year ago, the village of Crestwood got permission from the Illinois Department of Transportation to install seven traffic cameras, all of them to be installed along Cicero Avenue. One set of cameras has been operating at the intersection of Cicero and Cal Sag Road and footage from the cameras has been used to issue more than 56,700 citations. An ABC-7 investigation estimated that as many as 95 percent of the citations were for right-turn-on-red violations.

Drivers, however, seem to be surprised when they receive their tickets for failing to stop when turning right. They claim that there are no lights, stop signs, or other signals that are clearly meant to control the right-turn lanes at that particular intersection. Crestwood officials acknowledge that a sign reminding turning drivers to stop on red has been knocked down three times in the last year, but claim that the intersection is clearly controlled by traffic lights.

Suit Seeks Class-Action Status

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of three drivers who were cited at the controversial intersection. The suit asks the Cook County Circuit Court to declare a class of plaintiffs, which could eventually include any driver cited for allegedly illegal turns at Cicero and Cal Sag Road. With each citation carrying a fine of $100, the village has reportedly collected more than $3.1 million in ticket revenue since the cameras were installed. The suit claims that Crestwood should be forced to return the fines collected as a result of the confusing traffic signals.

Crestwood currently keeps 60 percent of all ticket proceeds, with the remainder going to the company that operates the traffic cameras. Village officials have indicated that they intend to defend themselves against the lawsuit.

Questionable Tickets?

If you or a family member has been issued a citation as the result of traffic camera footage, you may be unsure of what to do next, especially if you do not believe you broke any laws. Contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorney. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation at Cosley Law Office today.

 

Sources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-crestwood-red-light-tickets-lawsuit-st-1011-20171010-story.html

http://abc7chicago.com/automotive/drivers-call-crestwood-red-light-camera-intersection-confusing-a-trap/2385354/

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traffic stop, Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorneyMost of us are familiar with the irrational fear that starts to creep up when you are sitting at a traffic light and police car either pulls up beside or behind you. A million things go through your mind at the same time: How long was the cop following me? Was I speeding before? My registration gets renewed next month, right? Where is my insurance card? In most cases, the officer has probably barely noticed you or your vehicle. When the flashing lights go on behind you, however, the situation changes dramatically.

If you are being pulled over for a traffic violation, be sure to:

  • Pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Put on your turn signal immediately and begin to slow down so the officer knows your intent. It may be a little while before you can safely stop, but the officer will understand and appreciate your caution;
  • Roll down your window and keep your hands on the steering wheel. The officer may approach from either side, and keeping your hands visible is a way to show the officer that you intend to cooperate. When you are asked for your license, registration, and proof of insurance, have them ready and ask for permission to move so that you can get them;
  • Be aware of your tone and your demeanor. It is normal to be nervous and scared during a traffic stop, and police officers are aware of that. If, however, you are rude, hostile, or aggressive, what was going to be a warning could become a ticket—or several tickets, depending on the situation;
  • Do not argue with the officer. It is one thing to respectfully disagree with something the officer says; it is quite another to engage in an argument. Remember that getting a traffic ticket does not mean you are automatically guilty. There is a time and a place for contesting the violation and during the stop is not that time or place;
  • Stay calm, even if the officer is not. Police officers are human too, and they have bad days. While that is no excuse for illegal or improper behavior, if you believe you are being mistreated, you will have the opportunity to present your case in court later. For now, comply with the officer’s requests, or you could end up in handcuffs; and
  • Confirm that you are free to go. Whether you receive a citation or not, you need to be sure the officer has completed his or her business with you before you pull away. It is reasonable to ask if you should wait for him or her drive off first or if you are allowed to go. The officer may allow to you leave first so his or her flashing lights can allow you to pull back into traffic safely.

If the traffic stop resulting in you receiving a ticket, it is crucial that you respond in the allotted amount of time. You have the option of pleading guilty and paying the fine or contesting the ticket in court. Contesting the ticket may be appropriate if you believe the citation was issued improperly or your rights were violated during the stop.

To discuss your situation and to get the guidance you need, contact an Arlington Heights traffic violations attorney. We will review your case, help you decide on the best course of action, and ensure your best interests are fully protected throughout the process. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.riskology.co/traffic-stop/

https://www.caranddriver.com/columns/is-silence-really-golden-during-a-traffic-stop

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