Illinois

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Illinois. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing with a human operator

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

No helmet laws. Universal helmet law repealed 1970.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

4 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

81-86: renewal every 2 years
87 and over: renewal every year
75 and over: road test required

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

Zero tolerance for some drugs

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

THC per se (5 ng)

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.16

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

6 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

After 30 days

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs under 40 lbs and under 40" in rear-facing child restraint
Under 8 yrs

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 yrs
Over 40 lbs in rear seat if only lap belt available

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

9

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Sun-Thurs: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m
Fri-Sat: 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 12 months: no more than 1 under 20

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

Nighttime driving: 18 years
Driving with passengers: 17 years

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

16 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 19. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

In construction or maintenance zones (only when workers are present); in safety zones - within 1/8th of a mile of a school or park district used for recreational purposes in municipalities with a population of 1 million or more inhabitants (only within certain hours)

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

As Drivers Return to the Roadways, Seven States Receive Grants to Stop High Risk Impaired Driving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2020

CONTACT: Adrian Nicholas, 202-580-7934, anicholas@ghsa.org

GHSA & Responsibility.org to Award $245,000 in Highway Safety Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) are awarding grants to help states keep Americans safe from the most dangerous impaired drivers.

Lyft Grant Results: Illinois

As the recipient of a grant from GHSA and ride-hailing company Lyft to prevent impaired driving during the 2019 holiday season, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) used $20,000 in Lyft ride credits to provide safe and sober travel options in Sangamon County — the home of Illinois’ capital, Springfield.

After Scandal, IL Lawmakers Say They Can Ban Red Light Cams — Here's Why They Shouldn't

Sadly, recent local scandals associated with red light camera programs, which have been proven to reduce serious and fatal crashes in cities across the country, including Chicago, are giving Springfield politicians ammunition for a statewide ban on the technology.

After Scandal, IL Lawmakers Say They Can Ban Red Light Cams — Here's Why They Shouldn't

Story by John Greenfield
February 7, 2020

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