* Good news about a good idea…
Legislation approved Thursday by the Illinois House would allow drivers to simply sign their ticket rather than surrender their license when they receive a traffic citation.
The “sign-and-drive” legislation passed unanimously in the House, 116-0, and had already been approved in the Senate. It now goes to the governor.
Currently, drivers in many Illinois jurisdictions are required to surrender their driver’s license to the police officer when they receive a traffic ticket. The driver gets the license back after the ticket is resolved. The system is designed to ensure that the driver doesn’t skip court or otherwise disregard the ticket.
Under the bill, the secretary of state’s office would be required to temporarily suspend the driver’s license if he or she doesn’t appear for court.
In the post 9/11 world, people need their driver’s licenses for identification. It’s as simple as that.