Chicago-Based Insurance Company, Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons, Alerts Customers of New Illinois Driving Law

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Chicago insurance provider, Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons, reminds drivers to refrain from texting while driving, in accordance with Illinois text messaging ban.

Practicing safe driving methods not only reduces the risk of potential accidents, but it can also help people save money on auto insurance.

Leading provider of Chicago home owners insurance and auto insurance, Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons reminds customers of new Illinois driving law that bans texting while driving. The new law will go into effect January 1st, 2010, for drivers of all ages throughout the state of Illinois.

“We want to make sure our customers are safe from potential accidents caused by texting while driving, and that they avoid the hefty fines given for violating the new law. Texting while driving has become increasingly dangerous in recent years, as new phones with larger screens and full keyboards make it easier for people to send text messages while doing other tasks. To avoid the risk of accidents or fines, we encourage our customers to invest in hands-free mobile devices, which allows them to communicate while focusing on the road with both hands on the wheel,” says John Wiedemann, president of JMW & Sons.

The Illinois text messaging ban is not limited to text messaging through a wireless phone. The law states that a driver cannot operate a vehicle on the road while using a phone, digital assistant or mobile computer to compose, read or send a text message, e-mail or instant message. Drivers should pull over to the shoulder and put the vehicle in park before sending a message.

Exceptions include the use of electronic communication devices by law enforcement officers for on-duty purposes, as well the use of permanently installed and approved communication devices by commercial vehicle drivers. The law does not apply when the driver must communicate with emergency personnel to report an emergency situation, or if normal traffic is obstructed and the driver has the car stopped with the transmission in neutral or park.

“Practicing safe driving methods not only reduces the risk of potential accidents, but it can also help people save money on auto insurance. A good driving record can keep insurance coverage rates down while helping drivers avoid injury and fines,” says Wiedemann.

About JMW & Sons: As leading providers of business and home insurance in Chicago for more than 70 years, Joseph M. Wiedemann and Sons dedicates itself to providing top Chicago home insurance and business coverage that meets the exact budget and needs of clients. For more information about Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons, visit


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