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Below is a list of the key highway safety laws in Illinois. For more information, contact the Illinois Division of Traffic Safety.

No state law

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and State Highway Safety Office.

Hand-held Ban All Cell Phone Ban Text Messaging Ban Crash
Data
School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers All Drivers School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
<19
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban Yes

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Child Restraint Required
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Adult Safety Belt Permissible
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Maximum Fine
1st Offense
<8 8 - 15; >40 lbs. in rear seat if only lap belt available $75 ($200 for subsequent offenses)

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Per Se Laws for Drugs (Forbidding Prohibited Substances in Driver's Body) DEC/DRE Programs
(Providing Law Enforcement Training)
Yes Yes

Source: State Highway Safety Office.

Inc. Penalty for High BAC Admin. License Susp. on 1st Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Susp. Ignition Interlocks Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
*Meeting Federal Requirements
.16 6 months After 30 days Mandatory for all convictions Impoundment, vehicle confiscation Yes Yes  

Sources: Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and State Highway Safety Office.

Learner Stage Intermediate Stage Full Privilege
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)
Min.
Duration
(Months)
Required
Supervised
Driving Hours
(Night Hours)
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)
Nighttime Driving Restriction Passenger
Restriction
(except family, unless noted)
15 9 50 (10) 16 Su-Th
10 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Fr-Sa
11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
First 12 mos.–no more than 1 <20 Night: 18
Passenger:
17

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Motorcyclists Bicyclists
Universal Helmet Law (Year Enacted) Partial Law Universal Helmet Law Repealed
    1970  

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Length of Regular Renewal Cycle (Yrs.) Provisions for Mature Drivers
4 >81-86: renewal every 2 yrs.
>87: renewal every year
>75: road test

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Type of Law Who is Covered (Yrs.) In What Seat Maximum Fine 1st Offense
Primary <18, if driver <18 All $25 plus court costs
>16 All

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway and State Highway Safety Office.

State Law
Permitted

Sources: Segway LLC and State Highway Safety Office.

Checkpoints Conducted? Frequency Legality
Yes Several hundred per year Upheld under federal Constitution

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Rural Interstates Urban Interstates Other Limited Access Roads
Cars
(mph)
Trucks
(mph)
Cars
(mph)
Trucks
(mph)
Cars
(mph)
Trucks
(mph)
70 70 55 55 65 55

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Violation / State Law Permitted Locations/Criteria Citation Issued To / Liability Image Taken Penalties (Traditional Penalties)
Speed: Limited Construction zones or toll roads. Local use prohibited. State use only when officer is present and witnesses the event. Registered owner/
Driver
Tag and driver $250 or 25 hrs. community service
($250 mandatory; 20 points)
Red light: Limited Local ordinance required Registered owner/
Owner
2 or more images of vehicle and tag $100 or traffic education program; not moving violation or record offense
($500 max.; 20 points)
Rail crossing: Limited Local ordinance required; in cooperation w/ IL DOT and IL Commerce Commission Registered owner/
Driver (owner if driver not identified by owner)
Vehicle, driver and tag $250 or 25 hrs. community service
($250 max. 1st offense; $500 subsequent, w/ discretionary 6 month suspension

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Violations Affected Enhanced Penalties Workers Must Be Present Signs Must Be Present
Speeding $375 (1st offense); $1,000 (subsequent offenses) No Yes

Sources: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse and State Highway Safety Office.