Bill Text: IL SB2038 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the Secretary of State shall include, in the Illinois Rules of the Road publication, information advising drivers to use the zipper merge method when merging into a reduced number of lanes (drivers in merging lanes are expected to use both lanes to advance to the lane reduction point and merge at that location, alternating turns).

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-06-06 - Sent to the Governor [SB2038 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-SB2038-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning transportation.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
5Sections 2-112 and 6-109 and by adding Section 11-907.1 as
6follows:
7 (625 ILCS 5/2-112) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-112)
8 Sec. 2-112. Distribution of synopsis laws.
9 (a) The Secretary of State may publish a synopsis or
10summary of the laws of this State regulating the operation of
11vehicles and may deliver a copy thereof without charge with
12each original vehicle registration and with each original
13driver's license.
14 (b) The Secretary of State shall make any necessary
15revisions in its publications including, but not limited to,
16the Illinois Rules of the Road, to accurately conform its
17publications to the provisions of the Pedestrians with
18Disabilities Safety Act.
19 (c) The Secretary of State shall include, in the Illinois
20Rules of the Road publication, information advising drivers to
21use the Dutch Reach method when opening a vehicle door after
22parallel parking on a street (checking the rear-view mirror,
23checking the side-view mirror, then opening the door with the

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1right hand, thereby reducing the risk of injuring a bicyclist
2or opening the door in the path a vehicle approaching from
3behind).
4 (d) The Secretary of State shall include, in the Illinois
5Rules of the Road publication, information advising drivers to
6use the zipper merge method when merging into a reduced number
7of lanes (drivers in merging lanes are expected to use both
8lanes to advance to the lane reduction point and merge at that
9location, alternating turns).
10(Source: P.A. 100-770, eff. 1-1-19; 100-962, eff. 1-1-19.)
11 (625 ILCS 5/6-109)
12 Sec. 6-109. Examination of Applicants.
13 (a) The Secretary of State shall examine every applicant
14for a driver's license or permit who has not been previously
15licensed as a driver under the laws of this State or any other
16state or country, or any applicant for renewal of such driver's
17license or permit when such license or permit has been expired
18for more than one year. The Secretary of State shall, subject
19to the provisions of paragraph (c), examine every licensed
20driver at least every 8 years, and may examine or re-examine
21any other applicant or licensed driver, provided that during
22the years 1984 through 1991 those drivers issued a license for
233 years may be re-examined not less than every 7 years or more
24than every 10 years.
25 The Secretary of State shall require the testing of the

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1eyesight of any driver's license or permit applicant who has
2not been previously licensed as a driver under the laws of this
3State and shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide for
4the orderly administration of all the provisions of this
5Section.
6 The Secretary of State shall include at least one test
7question that concerns the provisions of the Pedestrians with
8Disabilities Safety Act in the question pool used for the
9written portion of the driver's drivers license examination
10within one year after July 22, 2010 (the effective date of
11Public Act 96-1167).
12 The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
13used for the written portion of the driver's license
14examination, test questions concerning safe driving in the
15presence of bicycles, of which one may be concerning the Dutch
16Reach method as described in Section 2-112.
17 The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
18used for the written portion of the driver's license
19examination, at least one test question concerning driver
20responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency
21vehicle as described in Section 11-907.
22 (b) Except as provided for those applicants in paragraph
23(c), such examination shall include a test of the applicant's
24eyesight, his or her ability to read and understand official
25traffic control devices, his or her knowledge of safe driving
26practices and the traffic laws of this State, and may include

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1an actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
2ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor
3vehicle, and such further physical and mental examination as
4the Secretary of State finds necessary to determine the
5applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle safely on the
6highways, except the examination of an applicant 75 years of
7age or older shall include an actual demonstration of the
8applicant's ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable
9control of the operation of a motor vehicle. All portions of
10written and verbal examinations under this Section, excepting
11where the English language appears on facsimiles of road signs,
12may be given in the Spanish language and, at the discretion of
13the Secretary of State, in any other language as well as in
14English upon request of the examinee. Deaf persons who are
15otherwise qualified are not prohibited from being issued a
16license, other than a commercial driver's license, under this
17Code.
18 (c) Re-examination for those applicants who at the time of
19renewing their driver's license possess a driving record devoid
20of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of
21committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be
22required upon conviction pursuant to Section 6-205 at the time
23of renewal shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary in
24order to determine an applicant's ability to safely operate a
25motor vehicle, except that every applicant for the renewal of a
26driver's license who is 75 years of age or older must prove, by

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1an actual demonstration, the applicant's ability to exercise
2reasonable care in the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
3 (d) In the event the applicant is not ineligible under the
4provisions of Section 6-103 to receive a driver's license, the
5Secretary of State shall make provision for giving an
6examination, either in the county where the applicant resides
7or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the
8applicant, within not more than 30 days from the date said
9application is received.
10 (e) The Secretary of State may adopt rules regarding the
11use of foreign language interpreters during the application and
12examination process.
13(Source: P.A. 100-770, eff. 1-1-19; 100-962, eff. 1-1-19;
14revised 10-3-18.)
15 (625 ILCS 5/11-907.1 new)
16 Sec. 11-907.1. Move Over Task Force.
17 (a) The Move Over Task Force is created to study the issue
18of violations of Sections 11-907, 11-907.5, and 11-908 with
19particular attention to the causes of violations and ways to
20protect law enforcement and emergency responders.
21 (b) The membership of the Task Force shall consist of the
22following members:
23 (1) the Director of State Police or his or her
24 designee, who shall serve as chair;
25 (2) the Governor or his or her designee;

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1 (3) the Secretary of State or his or her designee;
2 (4) the Secretary of Transportation or his or her
3 designee;
4 (5) the Director of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority
5 or his or her designee;
6 (6) the President of the Illinois State's Attorneys
7 Association or his or her designee;
8 (7) the President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs
9 of Police or his or her designee;
10 (8) the President of the Illinois Sheriffs'
11 Association or his or her designee;
12 (9) the President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of
13 Police or his or her designee;
14 (10) the President of the Associated Fire Fighters of
15 Illinois or his or her designee;
16 (11) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House
17 of Representatives;
18 (12) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
19 House of Representatives;
20 (13) one member appointed by the President of the
21 Senate;
22 (14) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
23 Senate; and
24 (15) the following persons appointed by the Governor:
25 (A) 2 representatives of different statewide
26 trucking associations;

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1 (B) one representative of a Chicago area motor
2 club;
3 (C) one representative of a Chicago area transit
4 safety alliance;
5 (D) one representative of a statewide press
6 association;
7 (E) one representative of a statewide broadcast
8 association;
9 (F) one representative of a statewide towing
10 organization;
11 (G) the chief of police of a municipality with a
12 population under 25,000;
13 (H) one representative of a statewide organization
14 representing chiefs of police; and
15 (I) one representative of the solid waste
16 management industry; and
17 (J) one representative from a bona fide labor
18 organization representing certified road flaggers and
19 other road construction workers.
20 (c) The members of the Task Force shall serve without
21compensation.
22 (d) The Task Force shall meet no fewer than 3 times and
23shall present its report and recommendations, including
24legislative recommendations, if any, on how to better enforce
25Scott's Law and prevent fatalities on Illinois roadways to the
26General Assembly no later than January 1, 2020.

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1 (e) The Department of State Police shall provide
2administrative support to the Task Force as needed.
3 (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2021.
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