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Articles on Vehicle Code

Legislation eliminates sentencing limit for first-time DUI offenses and increases possible sentence for DUI convictions involving bodily harm P.A. 92-420

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
In August, legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by eliminating the three-year limit on a prison sentence for a first-time DUI offense.

Legislation makes people with four or more DUI convictions ineligible for probation P.A. 92-183

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
In July, new legislation amended the Unified Code of Corrections making drivers who are convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense ineligible for probation.

General Assembly approves changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Before adjourning, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to Gov. Ryan to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Drivers failing to yield may face stiffer penalties ; H.B. 0180

March
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Representative Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, hopes a new proposal will cut down on the number of "rubbernecking" drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles.

Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle may soon be illegal; S.B. 0028

March
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Senate Bill 28, sponsored by Senator John Cullerton, D-Chicago, would make leaving a child under the age of 11 unattended in a motor vehicle a misdemeanor.

Tailgates on certain vehicles must be in good repair - P.A. 91-858

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
A law requiring motorists on Illinois highways to use tarpaulins or covers in some instances will now require many of those same vehicles to have effective tailgates.

Vehicular noise statute constitutional once again; P.A. 91-919

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Drivers operating amplified stereo systems that can be heard for more than 75 feet outside the vehicle are once again subject to punishment by state law.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
December
2000
Column
Page 686
Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.

Neighborhood Services Act compromise finally reached

June
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 310
During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.

Excessive speeders slowed by Class A misdemeanor penalty ; P.A. 91-469

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
Pursuant to Public Act 91-469, "[a] person who drives a vehicle ... at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit" commits a Class A misdemeanor.

Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of state

January
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.

Sound amplification statute found unconstitutional

January
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On November 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court s finding that the sound amplification statute, known as section 12-611 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/12-611 (West 1999)), is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

Lighted head lamps required on every motor vehicle from sunset to sunrise ; P.A. 91-130

December
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 636
Public Act 91-130 amends 625 ILCS 5/12-201 to require all motor vehicles except motorcycles to ''exhibit at least 2 lighted head lamps ... during the period from sunset to sunrise ...''

Parking of vehicle with expired registration prohibited on public thoroughfare ; P.A. 91-487

December
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 636
Public Act 91-487 creates 625 ILCS 5/11-1304.5, which prohibits parking a motor vehicle with an expired Illinois registration on a public thoroughfare.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
September
1999
Column
Page 454
"Same part of the body'' rule update.

New Procedures for Motor Vehicle Inspections

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On September 28, 1998 the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted 24 amendments and added 16 new subsections to section 276. 35 Ill Adm Code 276.

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