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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.