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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/11-608
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(625 ILCS 5/11-608)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-608)
Special speed limitation on elevated structures.
(a) No person shall drive a vehicle over any bridge or other
elevated structure constituting a part of a highway at a speed which is
greater than the maximum speed which can be maintained with safety to
such bridge or structure, when such structure is sign posted as provided
in this Section.
(b) The Department upon request from any local authority shall, or
upon its own initiative may, conduct an investigation of any bridge or
other elevated structure constituting a part of a highway, and if it
shall thereupon find that such structure cannot with safety to itself
withstand vehicles traveling at the speed otherwise permissible under
this Chapter, the Department shall determine and declare the maximum
speed of vehicles which such structure can safely withstand, and shall
cause or permit suitable signs stating such maximum speed to be erected
and maintained before each end of such structure.
(c) Upon the trial of any person charged with a violation of this
Section proof of the determination of the maximum speed by the
Department and the existence of such signs is conclusive evidence of the
maximum speed which can be maintained with safety to such bridge or
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)
625 ILCS 5/11-610
(625 ILCS 5/11-610)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-610)
Charging Violations and Rule in Civil Actions.
(a) In every charge of violation of
any speed regulation in this article the complaint, and
also the summons or notice to appear, shall specify the
speed at which the defendant is alleged to have driven and
the maximum speed applicable within the district or at the location.
(b) The provision of this article
declaring maximum speed limitations
shall not be construed to relieve the plaintiff in any
action from the burden of proving negligence on the
part of the defendant as the proximate cause of an accident.
(Source: P.A. 79-1069.)
625 ILCS 5/11-611
(625 ILCS 5/11-611)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-611)
No person shall drive or operate any motor
vehicle on any street or highway in this State where the minimum
allowable speed on that street or highway, as posted, is greater
than the maximum attainable operating speed of the vehicle. Maximum
attainable operating speed shall be determined by the
manufacturer of the vehicle and clearly published in the manual of
specifications and operation, or it shall be determined by applicable rule
promulgated by the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 79-700.)
625 ILCS 5/11-612
(625 ILCS 5/11-612)
Certain systems to record vehicle speeds prohibited.
Except as authorized in the Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act and Section 11-208.8 of this Code, no photographic, video, or other imaging system may be used in this State to record vehicle speeds for the purpose of enforcing any law or ordinance regarding a maximum or minimum speed limit unless a law enforcement officer is present at the scene and witnesses the event. No State or local governmental entity, including a home rule county or municipality, may use such a system in a way that is prohibited by this Section. The regulation of the use of such systems is an exclusive power and function of the State. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 97-672, eff. 7-1-12
625 ILCS 5/Ch. 11 Art. VII
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 11 Art. VII heading)
DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF
ROADWAY; OVERTAKING AND PASSING, ETC.
625 ILCS 5/11-701
(625 ILCS 5/11-701)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-701)
Drive on right side of roadway - Exceptions.
(a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon
the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle
proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movements;
2. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to
drive to the left of the center of the roadway; provided, any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the roadway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
3. Upon a roadway divided into 3 marked lanes for
traffic under the rules applicable thereon;
4. Upon a roadway restricted to one way traffic;
5. Whenever there is a single track paved road on one
side of the public highway and 2 vehicles meet thereon, the driver on whose right is the wider shoulder shall give the right-of-way on such pavement to the other vehicle.
(b) Upon a 2 lane roadway, providing for 2-way
movement of traffic, a vehicle shall be driven in the right-hand lane available
for traffic, or
as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway,
except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same
direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a
private road or driveway.
(c) Upon any roadway having 4 or more lanes for moving traffic and
providing for 2-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the
left of the center line of the roadway, except when authorized by official
traffic-control devices designating certain lanes to the left side of the
center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use
such lanes, or except as permitted under Subsection (a) 2. However, this
Subsection shall not be construed as prohibiting the crossing of the center
line in making a left turn into or from an alley, private road or driveway.
(d) Upon an Interstate highway or fully access controlled freeway,
a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane, except when overtaking
and passing another vehicle.
(e) Subsection (d) of this Section does not apply:
(1) when no other vehicle is directly behind the
vehicle in the left lane;
(2) when traffic conditions and congestion make it
impractical to drive in the right lane;
(3) when snow and other inclement weather conditions
make it necessary to drive in the left lane;
(4) when obstructions or hazards exist in the right
(5) when a vehicle changes lanes to comply with
Sections 11-907 and 11-908 of this Code;
(6) when, because of highway design, a vehicle must
be driven in the left lane when preparing to exit;
(7) on toll highways when necessary to use I-Pass,
and on toll and other highways when driving in the left lane is required to comply with an official traffic control device; or
(8) to law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, and
other emergency vehicles engaged in official duties and vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.
(Source: P.A. 93-447, eff. 1-1-04.)
625 ILCS 5/11-702
(625 ILCS 5/11-702)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-702)
Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite
directions. Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite
directions shall pass
each other to the right, and upon roadways having width for
not more than one line of traffic in each direction each
driver shall give to the other at least one-half of the
main-traveled portion of the roadway as nearly
(Source: P.A. 79-1069.)