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Three New Laws Illinois Drivers Should Know About

It’s a new year, and Illinois has new traffic laws in force todayWhen the clock struck midnight on January 1, the year 2016 began and with it came more than 235 new laws in the state of Illinois. The laws include everything from family law to criminal law; however, the focus of this blog post will be on the new traffic laws in our state.

Three Laws You Should Know About Now

As of January 1, 2016. Illinois law:

  • Allows for court supervision for drivers convicted of aggravated speeding. Specifically, people who are going 26 mph or more over the speed limit may be eligible for court supervision if they have not been convicted for a similar offense or assigned court supervision for a similar offense in the past.
  • Changes driving under the influence (DUI) safety provisions. Under the new law, some individuals suspected of drinking and driving must sign the written warning provided by law enforcement. Additionally, DUI offenders may now apply for monitoring device driving permits or restricted driving permits that would allow them to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). A BAIID will be required as a condition for a restricted driving permit for any driver with two or more DUIs, a reckless homicide conviction, or a conviction for causing great bodily harm or a permanent disability, disfigurement, or death. Ignition interlock devices must be required and used for at least five years on all vehicles owned by a person who has been convicted of two or more DUIs. Additionally, drivers who had their licenses permanently revoked after a fourth DUI conviction may now apply for restricted driving permits after five years if they can prove that they have had three years of uninterrupted sobriety and they have successfully completed all recommended rehabilitation.
  • Imposes tougher penalties on some negligent truck drivers. The law makes any trucker whose willful violation of motor carrier safety regulations that result in great bodily harm, permanent disability, disfigurement or death subject to a Class 3 felony charge and conviction.

Other rules regarding license plates, road funds and other matters also went into effect on January 1.

We will continue to watch what the Illinois House and Senate do during 2016. Please check our blog regularly for important legal updates.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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