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Traffic Safety Reminders for Motorists in 2014

                                     Speed Limit & Cell Phone Ban Enforced

(CHICAGO/SPRINGFIELD) – Illinois State Police Officials issued traffic safety reminders today regarding the new 2014 traffic laws that become effective on January 1, and will most likely have an impact on motorists driving throughout Illinois.

Public Act 98-0511 which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/11-601 changes the existing legal speed limit from 65 mph - 70 mph on all rural interstates. The Act also allows eight counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, Lake, Madison and St. Clair) with heavily congested highways to opt out and maintain the current 55 mph speed limit.

In addition to the rural interstates, speed laws have been strengthened on all streets, highways, and roads throughout Illinois. Speeding 26 mph over the posted limit is now a Class B misdemeanor and speeding 35 mph or more over the posted limit is a Class A misdemeanor.

Public Act 98-0506 bans the use of hand-held cell phone devices behind the wheel. Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are permitted. The only exemptions from this law apply to law enforcement officers or first responders; drivers reporting emergencies and drivers using electronic devices while parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

Motorists who violate this Section shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

Penalties for distracted drivers who injure others or cause fatal crashes by the use of a cell phone would face a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in fines up to $2,500 and less than a year of jail time. Drivers involved in fatal accidents could be charged with a Class 4 felony, which carries fines up to $25,000 and up to three years of jail time.              {sumbitted info}

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Talk about aging focus of Paxton discussion tonight

The East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging is hosting a Ford County Conversation on Aging and Independent Living. The program is tonight ( 12/19) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the American Legion Hall in Paxton.

The agency is conducting a series of County Conversations on Aging and Independent Living in 16 counties through February to prepare for the next Area Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-17. The Area Plan is a blueprint for the development and coordination of community-based services for senior citizens and their families.

County Conversations are open to the public.
Pre-registration is not required.

Participants will have the opportunity to: share their life experiences, needs, expectations, and preferences; share their experience using services and supports for independent living in their community; identify unmet needs and barriers to independent living in their community. Recommendations for improvements are welcome.

For information call 800-888-4456.

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Bond reduction denied for alleged drunk driver

In Pontiac, A Livingston County Judge said NO to a request to lower the bond of a South Carolina man charged with DUI in an accident that killed a Pontiac police officer and his canine partner.

33-year-old Jason Collins is charged with Aggravated DUI and Reckless Homicide. The accident killed Officer Casey Kohlmeier and the officer's dog, Draco. Collins is jailed on a one-million dollar bond.

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Mail truck rollover bottles up I-65 traffic

A St. John, Indiana truck driver escaped serious injury when his rig rolled over on I-65.

Indiana State Police reported traffic was slowed for much of day Wednesday after the truck, hauling mail, rolled. Police said the driver stated he didn't see traffic had slowed because of an earlier accident. The driver swerved to avoid hitting the rear-end of another semi. The rig ended up in the median.

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Murder suspect's trial pushed back to April

A Paxton man's second-degree murder trial has been rescheduled for April.

33-year-old Sean F. Kelley is charged in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts of Paxton. The 49-year-old victim was killed October 17th.

Kelley could be facing a sentence ranging from probation to four -15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, a Class 1 felony.

Judge Stephen Pacey did agree to reduce Kelley's $1 million bond to $250,000.

Kelly is claiming self-defense.

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