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Distracted Driving Law Applies to Tractors on Public Roads

05/09/2017 @ 3:55 pm | By LINDA TOBIAS

State hands-free calling rules also apply to farm equipment on roads.

  • Talking or texting with a hand-held device is illegal while operating any motor vehicle, including farm equipment, on a public road. 

 

The Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week was held April 24-28, 2017.  This week was dedicated to raising awareness of the law regarding handheld phone use for talking or texting which is prohibited by all motor vehicle operators when on a public road.

 

It is important to note that this ban applies to operators of implements of husbandry such as tractors and self-propelled farm equipment. In addition, all cell phone use including hands-free devices is prohibited:

 

  • while driving in a school zone
  • while driving in a highway construction zone
  • if you are a novice driver

 

Texting while driving is prohibited for all Illinois drivers.

 

As farmers move from field to field this spring, the Cook County Farm Bureau® hopes that this planting season is a safe one for all Illinois farmers in the field and on the road.