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Articles on Vehicle Code

Fines for vehicles driving without a certificate of safety April 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to institute new fines for persons operating a vehicle on a state highway without an effective certificate of safety displayed, in violation of Illinois Vehicle Code safety inspection requirements.
License renewal application fees changed for new and used car dealers April 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require both new and used car dealers to pay a license renewal application fee to be determined by the amount of automobiles sold by the dealer in the prior year, as per the following scheme: for 25-200 automobiles sold, a fee of $150; for 200-300 automobiles sold, a fee of $300; and for 300 automobiles or more sold, a fee of $500.
Police seizure of unauthorized-lights-sporting vehicles April 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 In addition to facing a Class A Misdemeanor for possessing "oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights or other indicia of emergency vehicle authority within any portion of a motor vehicle," upon a legal search, a searching law enforcement officer must seize, upon violation, any such indicia or equipment.
The Medical Cannabis Act and Illinois DUI Law By Larry A. Davis March 2014 Article, Page 128 The Medical Cannabis Act makes important changes to DUI law, some of which are likely to inspire litigation.
Reformers: trace law unfairly punishes drug users who are not DUI By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 Proponents are championing legislation to eliminate harsh penalties for drivers who had traces of illegal drugs in their system but were not driving while impaired.
High court: ‘sole insured’ can’t be excluded from vehicle liability coverage By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently that it violates public policy for an auto insurer to exclude from coverage the owner of the vehicle who is also the only named insured.
Personal injuries caused while driving with a suspended license now a class 4 felony January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 A second or subsequent violation of driving with a suspended or revoked license or permit will now be considered a Class 4 felony if it proximately causes a motor vehicle accident which leads to death or personal injury to another.
New offenses and increased fines for unauthorized use of disability decals or license plates. PA 097-0844 July 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The law on use of disability license plates, decals, and devices has been expanded to explicitly provide for items issued to now-deceased individuals.
Of Traffic Tickets and Trusts July 2013 Column, Page 367 Advising commercial drivers about traffic tickets, and why the next will you draft should have a supplemental needs trust provision.
Stricter penalties for speeding. PA 097-0831 July 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 Starting this summer, defendants cited for operating a vehicle more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit in urban areas or more than 30 miles per hour over the limit on highways face stricter penalties.
New restrictions on demonstrations of vehicles with oscillating lights. PA 097-1173 June 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to limit the mounting and demonstration of oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights on vehicles, subject to certain exceptions (625 ILCS 5/12-215; 625 ILCS 5/12-609).
Commercial drivers may not text or use cell phones while driving. PA 097-0829 October 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 520 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to prohibit texting and limit the use of cell phones by commercial drivers (625 ILCS 5/6-500, 5/6-526 new, 527 new).
Drivers may not use cell phones within 500 feet of an emergency scene. PA 097-0828 October 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 520 Illinois lawmakers have amended section 12-610.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code to prohibit anyone, at anytime, regardless of age, from using a wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle within 500 feet of an emergency scene (625 ILCS 5/12).
Undistracting drivers: First no texting, next no talking? By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 Will Illinois join the states that prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones and using other hand-held devices?
New rules for prosecuting local ordinance violations By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2012 Lawpulse, Page 10 The new supreme court rules bring consistency to ordinance violation proceedings around the state, a proponent says.
Video transmitting equipment now allowed inside a vehicle. PA 097-0499 December 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 610 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow drivers to operate vehicles that have video transmitting equipment permanently installed as long as the driver is unable to see the equipment displays while driving. (625 ILCS 5/12-604.1)
Registration of vehicles used in gunrunning may be suspended. PA 097-0540. November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to address the registration status of vehicles used in gunrunning violations (625 ILCS 5/3-704).
All driver’s license applicants must provide social security numbers. PA 097-0263 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to remove the social security number exemption for all driver's license applicants. (625 ILCS 5/6-106, 6-110, and 6-510).
The bloody truth about DUI testing By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2011 Lawpulse, Page 490 Just because the state has blood test results to use against your DUI client doesn't mean the case is over, a defense lawyer argues.
It is now unlawful to ride in towed vehicles. PA 097-0017 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to make it unlawful to ride in any vehicle while it is being towed on a public highway. (625 ILCS 5/11-1408)
Vehicle lessors not liable for automated traffic law enforcement system violations by lessees. PA 097-0029 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to relieve vehicle owners who leased their motor vehicles under a written lease agreement from liabilities for automated traffic law enforcement system violations. (625 ILCS 5/11-208.6).
Back seat passengers must wear seatbelts. PA 097-0016. September 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 440 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require all passengers to wear safety belts. (625 ILCS 5/12-603.1). Formerly, the requirement only applied to a driver, front seat passenger, and other riders under the age of 19.
Increased fines for DUI offenders. PA 096-1342 August 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 388 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to increase the fine for anyone who is found guilty of or pleads guilty to driving under the influence. 625 ILCS 5/11-501.01.
Illinois Vehicle Code amended to change restrictions on vehicle window tinting. PA 096-1056. July 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 Vehicle owners may tint or treat vehicle windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver if the manufacturer of the vehicle originally installed the rear windows with nonreflective smoked or tinted glass.
Rules for non-highway vehicles used for farming purposes amended. PA 096-1434. July 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to modify restrictions for non-highway vehicles (625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1).
Drivers can avoid license suspension for traffic violations by beginning payment plans. PA 096-1184 June 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to authorize the Secretary of State to reinstate the driver's license of a person whose license was suspended for failure to pay traffic-related fines or penalties if the person enters into a payment plan with a municipality.
Certain articles inside towed motor vehicles exempted from possessor liens. PA 096-1506 May 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to exempt certain articles from being subjected to a possessor lien when a motor vehicle is towed. (625 ILCS 5/4-203).
Vehicle drivers must stop when pedestrian crosses street on vehicle’s side of road. PA 096-1165 May 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require vehicle drivers to stop the vehicle and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a crosswalk on the vehicle's side of the road when there are no traffic control signals in operation. (625 ILCS 5/11-1002).
Change in Monitoring Device Driving Permit issuance procedure for DUI offenders. PA 096-1526 April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to modify the Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) issuance procedure for first offenders arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating compounds.
Drivers must fasten safety belts for passengers unable to do it themselves. PA 096-0991 April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 Illinois lawmakers amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to require vehicle drivers to properly adjust and fasten seat safety belts for passengers who are unable to do it themselves. (625 ILCS 5/12-603.1).