Motorists who are pulled over in Illinois no longer need to hand over their driver’s license in exchange for a citation under a bill signed into law on Saturday.
Senate Bill 2583, sponsored by Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, eliminates the requirement that drivers post their license as bail for certain traffic offenses. The new law allows the motorist’s signature on the citation to suffice as a guarantee that they will either appear in court or pay the required fines.
The law goes into effect immediately. As under the old law, the Secretary of State can suspend the driving privileges of motorists who fail to comply with the citation.
Excellent bill. Way past due.
Gov. Pat Quinn [yesterday] vetoed a bill that would have let big trucks go faster on interstate highways in the Chicago area, citing recent semitrailer truck crashes that have led to deaths.
The measure would have raised the interstate speed limit from 55 to 60 mph in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties under legislation pushed by Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin.
That isn’t much of a speed increase. From his veto message…
Research has shown a correlation between increased speed limits and increased highway deaths. Higher travel speeds lengthen stopping distances, making it more difficult to react to an emergency in time. Speed also exacerbates the size and weight differences between large trucks and passenger vehicles, leading to more severe crashes.
Um, if increasing speed limits leads to increased highway deaths, why did he sign a bill to raise the limit to 70 mph?
But it is true that higher speeds lengthen stopping distances. I bought a camper this year and I have to always be careful about leaving enough room in front of me when I’m pulling it behind my truck. Pulling that thing can be downright scary sometimes.