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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).
Illinois Vehicle Code amended to raise Class B misdemeanor threshold for highway speeding. PA 096-1507 April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 It is now a Class B misdemeanor to drive between 31 miles and 39 miles per hour in excess of the maximum speed limit on an Illinois highway. (625 ILCS 5/11-601.5).
Accident reports to be provided to government agencies upon request. PA 096-1147 March 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require the Department of Transportation to provide upon request copies of written accident reports to federal, state, and local agencies conducting highway safety research and studies. 625 ILCS 5/11-408.  
Change to DUI law would limit court involvement in MDDP process By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2011 Lawpulse, Page 66 No longer will a court hearing or order be required for issuing a monitoring device driving permit if a new bill is signed into law.
Restrictions imposed on municipality or county-enacted automated traffic law ordinances. PA 096-1016 February 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to impose rules governing automated traffic law ordinances enacted by municipalities or counties. 625 ILCS 5/11-208.
Broken parking meters due to snow or ice may be defense for parking violation. PA 096-1256 January 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code allow a defense for motorists cited with a parking violation if a parking meter malfunctions because of snow or ice. (625 ILCS 5/11-1307).
Penalties for unreasonable obstruction of parking place for disabled. PA 096-1125 December 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 616 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to hold property owners liable for unreasonable obstruction of designated aisles or parking spaces specifically reserved for persons with disabilities. 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.8.
Minimum penalty enacted for traffic offenses. PA 096-1462 November 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to include a minimum penalty for traffic offenses. 625 ILCS 5/16-104e.
Penalties stiffened for drunken supervisors of minors driving vehicles. PA 096-1237 November 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 Supervisors of minors driving with instruction permits are now subject to stricter penalties if they use alcohol or drugs while accompanying or instructing the minors. (625 ILCS 5/11-507)  
Illinois motorists face stiffer penalties for driving recklessly near bicyclists. PA 096-1007 September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 Illinois bicyclists have been provided greater protection through recent changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code. (625 ILCS 5/11-703).
Stiffer penalties for speeders on Illinois highways. PA 096-1002 September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by Illinois lawmakers, making stiffer penalties for drivers speeding on Illinois highways. (625 ILCS 5/11-601.5)
Penalties enhanced for uninsured motorists who harm another person. PA 096-0143 June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Motorists without automobile insurance who harm another person could face nearly one year in prison under a new law passed last year by the Illinois General Assembly. 
Police may confiscate parking passes for disabled if used improperly. PA 96-0072 April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 Under amendments to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a vehicle parking pass for a person with a disability may only be used by the authorized holder. 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.2.
Laws relaxed for vehicle window tinting. PA 096-0815 March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 Drivers can now operate vehicles with more tinting on the side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver, under a law passed recently by Illinois lawmakers. 
Red Light Cameras: Innocent But Guilty By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2010 Column, Page 158 Learn about the losing battle to challenge automated traffic enforcement.
Text-messaging while driving banned; Cell phone use prohibited in school and construction zones. PA 096-130 and PA 096-131 November 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 552 Motorists across the state soon must obey new laws banning text messaging while driving and prohibiting the use of cell phones in school zones and construction areas.
Amendments to DUI statute should be harmonized June 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 On March 27, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Henry County, which granted the defendants' motions to dismiss, holding that two subsections of the DUI statute enacted by PA 94-329 were not embodied in the DUI law, 625 ILCS 5/11-501 (2006), at the time the offenses were alleged to have been committed.
The plain language of section 2-118.1(b) of the Vehicle Code suggests alternatives June 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 On March 31, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed and remanded the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County rescinding the statutory summary suspension of the defendant's driver's license. 
Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act enacted. PA 095-0995 March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 Illinois lawmakers enacted the Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act to assess the “nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities” by certain provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/ et seq), Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/ set seq), Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/ et seq) and other listed laws.
State police to video tape all traffic stops. PA 095-1009 February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 Illinois lawmakers amended the State Police Act to add section 30, which requires the use of video recording cameras in patrol vehicles. 20 ILCS 2610/30.
Emergency Contact Database to be created. PA 095-0898 January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Identification Card Act has been amended by adding section 11A, and the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by adding section 6-117.2. 15 ILCS 335/11A and 625 ILCS 5/6-117.2.
Illinois Vehicle Code amended. PA 095-0542 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding two new sections dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign license plates. 625 ILCS 5/3-664, 3-665. New Section 3-664 titled "Iraq Campaign license plates" describes the procedure for applying for such plates. 
New rules governing the Illinois Graduated Driver’s License Program March 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Secretary of State made a number of changes and added two new sections to Part 1040, Cancellation, Revocation or Suspension of Licenses or Permits. 92 Ill Adm Code 1040. 
Hearing to rescind a suspended driver’s license must occur within 30 days of filing March 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 On December 21, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and the Circuit Court of Kane County, and held the 30-day time limit within which a circuit court must hold a hearing on a petition to rescind the statutory suspension of a driver's license begins when the petition is filed with the circuit court, not when the state is served with the petition.
Information on financial identity theft must be provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles - PA 094-1001 February 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 In order to make Illinois residents more aware of the risks of financial identity theft, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 2-105 of the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding subsection (f). 625 ILCS 5/2-105(f). 
New rules enacted regarding engine braking signs January 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Effective October 23, 2006, the Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) has added new sections to 92 Ill Adm Code 547. 
Ban on secret compartments in vehicles unconstitutional December 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 650 On September 26, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the appellant's conviction in the Circuit Court of Cook County for violating section 12-612 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. 625 ILCS 5/12-612. 
Automated railroad crossing enforcement permitted. PA 094-0771 September 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 In an effort to increase safety at railroad crossings, Section 11-1201.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code was amended, and section 11-1201.5 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-1201.1 and 1201.5.
Electronic recording of vehicle speeds permitted only in construction zones. PA 094-0814 September 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 In order to increase safety for construction and maintenance workers, Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) was amended and section 11-612 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1 and 11-612.