Illinois State Police highlights
new 2017 laws
New laws could impact driving habits and
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[January 02, 2017]
new year brings new laws, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) would
like to highlight a few that become effective January 1, 2017.
In an effort to protect first responders, Scott’s Law, the “Move
Over” law, requires that motorists slow down or change lanes when
approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with emergency lights
activated. Beginning in 2017 this law will also apply to any vehicle
on the side of the road with hazard lights activated. If you see
flashing lights ahead, please move over or slow down.
When entering a work or school zone, you need to eliminate
distractions and make sure you are driving at the posted speed
limit. If you decide to speed through a work or school zone after
the first of the year, you may end up in jail. Speeding 26 miles per
hour or more, but less than 35 miles per hour, is now a Class B
misdemeanor, and 35 miles per hour or more in excess of the posted
work or school zone speed limit is now a Class A misdemeanor.
If you have been convicted of driving without insurance and you
still choose to drive without insurance, your vehicle could be
impounded the next time you’re stopped by the police. The law now
requires officers to tow your vehicle if you have been convicted of
driving without insurance within the prior 12 months and you are
receiving another citation for driving without insurance.
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“The new year usually brings new resolutions and goals,” stated ISP Director Leo
P. Schmitz. “In 2017 the ISP resolves to continue to work towards strengthening
safe driving habits for motorists on Illinois roadways. Our goal is to reduce
serious traffic crashes through education and enforcement,” he continued.
These are only a few of the new laws that have been enacted for 2017. For a
complete list of all the new Public Acts, please go to the Illinois General
Assembly web site.
[Illinois State Police Public