It's important to note that several well-known types of fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, are not allowed in Illinois.
Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers, and party-poppers, are not regulated by the state, although municipalities have the authority to enact an ordinance prohibiting the sale and use of sparklers on public property.
While legal, sparklers present a serious danger because of the high temperature of the wire during and after its use. Sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit (982 degrees Celsius) and remain extremely hot long after the sparks have stopped. Many children are injured each year by sparklers. Children playing with novelty fireworks must be closely supervised by adults to prevent injury.
TRAFFIC CRASHES – FATAL FOUR
DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations. Drunk Driving is just one of the “Fatal Four” violations. Speeding, Driving Distracted, and Not Wearing Your Seat Belt are also contributing factors to traffic crash related fatalities.
Speeding increases your chances of losing control of a vehicle and reduces the reaction time to respond to potential hazards. Drive the speed limit and pass only when it’s safe to do so.
Keep your eyes on the road and off the cell phone. Illinois law prohibits the use of any electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free or Blue Tooth Technology is allowed for persons over the age of 18. And buckle up. It’s the law, and it can save your life if you’re involved in a crash.
The following tips will help to keep you and others from becoming a traffic statistic:
Designate a sober driver before the drinking begins.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911.
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.