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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/11-702
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(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.)
625 ILCS 5/11-703
(625 ILCS 5/11-703)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-703)
Overtaking a vehicle on the left.
The following rules govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles
proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions,
and special rules otherwise stated in this Chapter:
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another
vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the pavement or the main traveled portion of the roadway.
(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right
is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
(c) The driver of a 2 wheeled vehicle may not, in
passing upon the left of any vehicle proceeding in the same direction, pass upon the right of any vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless there is an unobstructed lane of traffic available to permit such passing maneuver safely.
(d) The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a
bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual.
(e) A person driving a motor vehicle shall not, in a
reckless manner, drive the motor vehicle unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist, pedestrian, or a person riding a horse or driving an animal drawn vehicle.
(f) Every person convicted of paragraph (e) of this
Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the violation does not result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another. If the violation results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another, the person shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 95-231, eff. 1-1-08; 96-1007, eff. 1-1-11.)
625 ILCS 5/11-704
(625 ILCS 5/11-704)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-704)
When overtaking on the right is permitted.
(a) The driver of a vehicle with 3 or more wheels may overtake and pass
upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
1. When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to
2. Upon a roadway with unobstructed pavement of
sufficient width for two or more lines of vehicles moving lawfully in the direction being traveled by the overtaking vehicle.
3. Upon a one-way street, or upon any roadway on
which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement, where the roadway is free from obstructions and of sufficient width for 2 or more lines of moving vehicles.
(b) The driver of a 2 wheeled vehicle may not pass upon the right of any
other vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the unobstructed
pavement to the right of the vehicle being passed is of a width of not less
than 8 feet. This subsection does not apply to devices propelled by human power.
(c) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon
the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety. Such
movement shall not be made by driving off the roadway.
(Source: P.A. 98-485, eff. 1-1-14.)
625 ILCS 5/11-705
(625 ILCS 5/11-705)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-705)
Limitations on overtaking on the left.
No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway
in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
unless authorized by the provisions of this Chapter and unless such left
side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient
distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made
without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from
the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken. In every event the
overtaking vehicle must return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as
practicable and in the event the passing movement involves the use of a
lane authorized for vehicles approaching from the opposite direction,
before coming within 200 feet of any vehicle approaching from the opposite
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)
625 ILCS 5/11-706
(625 ILCS 5/11-706)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-706)
Further limitations on driving to the left of center of roadway.
(a) No vehicle shall be driven
on the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:
1. When approaching or upon the crest of a grade or a curve in the
highway where the driver's view is obstructed within such distance as to
create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the
2. When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any intersection or
railroad grade crossing.
3. When the view is obstructed upon approaching within
100 feet of any bridge, viaduct or tunnel.
(b) The limitations in sub-paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 do not apply upon a
one-way roadway nor upon a roadway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient
width for 2 or more lanes of moving traffic in each direction nor to the
driver of a vehicle turning left into or from an alley, private road or
driveway when such movements can be made with safety.
(Source: P.A. 79-1069.)
625 ILCS 5/11-707
(625 ILCS 5/11-707)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-707)
(a) The Department and local authorities
are authorized to determine those portions of any highway under their
respective jurisdictions where overtaking and passing or driving on the
left of the roadway would be especially hazardous and may by appropriate
signs or markings on the roadway indicate the beginning and end of such
zones. Upon request of a local school board, the Department or local
authority which has jurisdiction over the roadway in question, shall
determine whether a hazardous situation exists at a particular location and
warrants a no-passing zone. If the Department or local authority
determines that a no-passing zone is warranted, the school board and the
Department or local authority shall share equally the cost of designating
the no-passing zone by signs and markings. When such signs or markings are
in place and clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person every driver
of a vehicle shall obey the directions thereof.
(b) Where signs or markings are in place to define a no-passing zone as
set forth in paragraph (a) no driver may at any time drive on the left side
of the roadway within the no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement
striping designed to mark such no-passing zone throughout its length.
(c) This Section does not apply under the conditions described in
Section 11-701 (a) 2, nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from
an alley, private road or driveway. The pavement striping designed to mark
the no-passing zone may be crossed from the left hand lane for the
purpose of completing a pass that was begun prior to the beginning of the
zone in the driver's direction of travel.
(d) Special speed limit areas required under Section 11-605 of this Code
in unincorporated areas only shall also be no-passing zones.
(Source: P.A. 86-471.)
625 ILCS 5/11-708
(625 ILCS 5/11-708)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-708)
One-way roadways and rotary traffic islands.
(a) The Department and local authorities, with respect to highways under
their respective jurisdictions, may designate any highway, roadway, part of
a roadway or specific lanes upon which vehicular traffic shall proceed in
one direction at all or such times as shall be indicated by official
traffic control devices.
(b) Upon a roadway so designated for one-way traffic, a vehicle shall be
driven only in the direction designated at all or such times as shall be
indicated by official traffic control devices.
(c) A vehicle passing around a rotary traffic island must be driven only
to the right of such island.
(d) Whenever any highway has been divided into 2 or more roadways by
leaving an intervening space or by a physical barrier or a clearly
indicated dividing section so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic,
every vehicle must be driven only upon the right-hand roadway unless
directed or permitted to use another roadway by official traffic-control
devices or police officers. No vehicle may be driven over, across, or
within any such dividing space, barrier, or section, except through an
opening in the physical barrier, or dividing section, or space, or at a
cross-over or intersection as established by public authority.
(e) The driver of a vehicle may turn left across a paved noncurbed
dividing space unless prohibited by an official traffic-control device.
(Source: P.A. 84-873.)