Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Vehicle Code

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. 

School zone speed limit now applies to park and recreation facilities PA 094-0808

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
Recently the Illinois General Assembly concluded that since lower speed limits near schools have protected children for years and since many children also use parks and recreation facilities near schools, the speed limits should be lower near the parks as well. 

Excessive engine braking noise prohibited in commercial vehicles : PA 094-0756

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) by adding section 602.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-602.1.

Increased security authorized at railroad terminals PA 094-0736

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
Due to increasing security concerns regarding public transportation after Sept. 11, 2001, section 18c-7503 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/18c-7503, has been amended to provide for terminal security on railroad property by adding section 2.5 and amending subsection 3.

Commercial vehicles may tow two vehicles PA 094-0713

May
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
In an effort to ensure highway safety, section 15-107 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/15-107, has been amended.

Court Supervision in Traffic Cases: New Strategies for Amended Laws

By Theodore J. Harvatin
April
2006
Article
Page 192
What impact does supervision really have on your clients, especially commercial drivers? Make sure you're up to date.

New requirements for motor vehicle rentals PA 094-0717

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
Effective December 19, 2005, the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5) was amended by modifying section 6-305(f) and adding sections 6-305(l) and (m), respectively. Accordingly, subsection (f) is limited by the language of subsection (l); subsection (f) now provides that "[s]ubject to subsection (l), any person who rents a motor vehicle to another shall only advertise.

The Illinois Criminal and Vehicle Codes are amended to include motor fuel theft - PA 094-700

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
Due to Illinois' strong public policy to protect its citizens from the economic effects of motor fuel theft, the Illinois General Assembly has added Article 16J to the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/Art. 16J, et seq, in order to protect the people "in their health, safety and welfare from the effects of this crime." 

Pre-conviction suspension or revocation of driver’s licenses and permits clarified

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
The Illinois Secretary of State has amended Part 1040 of Title 92, 92 Ill Adm Code 1040. 

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