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Articles on Vehicle Code

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.

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.

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