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Articles on Vehicle Code

House bill proposes to give counties more control over weight limits for vehicles on highways

August
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
House Bill 6427 would amend the Illinois Highway Code and the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow counties to impose weight limits on vehicles.

Lack of supervision option does not render aggravated speeding law unconstitutional, Illinois Supreme Court rules

By Matthew Hector
August
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
In People v. Rizzo, the supreme court overturned a circuit court ruling that refusing to allow supervision for aggravated speeding is too harsh a penalty compared to those for other Class A misdemeanors.

George Bailey Memorial Fund created; fees created for deposit into Fund

June
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The State Finance Act has been amended to create the George Bailey Memorial Fund.

Heightened safety and certification requirements for low-speed vehicles added to the Illinois Vehicle Code

May
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Under this amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code, additional safety mechanisms must be present on low-speed vehicles operated on any street.

Keeping the Road Safe and the Law Sane

By Ed Finkel
October
2015
Article
Page 24
The ISBA Traffic Law Section had one of its best years ever this legislative session, helping advance laws that remove harsh and counterproductive DUI restrictions while keeping (and sometimes boosting) appropriate punishments.

Drivers and passengers face new criminal penalties for willful violations of certain federal regulations

September
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
This bill would amend the criminal violations provision of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Illinois vehicle code will be amended to include new “Aggravated Special Speed Limit” offense

August
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
A bill to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code to include the new offense of "aggravated special speed limit" has been passed by the General Assembly.

Judge strikes ban on supervision for aggravated speeding

July
2015
Article
Page 30
A Cook County judge rules that categorically denying court supervision for 'excessive speeding' is unconstitutional.

Vehicular petty offenses may be satisfied by a written guilty plea

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to allow for certain persons guilty of petty violations of the Code to simply enter a written plea of guilty without a court appearance.

Illinois Vehicle Code relaxes proof of registration requirements

November
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 524
Under the Illinois Vehicle Code, the general rule is that no person is permitted to operate a vehicle on any Illinois highway if he or she does not demonstrate proper evidence of registration.

What’s New in Traffic Law for 2014

By Larry A. Davis and Thomas C. Speedie
November
2014
Article
Page 532
Are you a lawyer who represents drivers, or maybe one who gets behind the wheel from time to time? Here are nine important traffic law developments.

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.

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