Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Vehicle Code

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).

In-line skaters subject to new requirements and allowances on public roadways. PA 097-1023

January
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Vehicle Code now includes a detailed definition of in-line speed skates (625 ILCS 5/1-131.5 new) and amends the definition of pedestrian to include a person wearing in-line speed skates.

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).

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.

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