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90_SB0477 625 ILCS 5/11-601 from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-601 Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to raise the maximum speed limit outside an urban area to 65 miles per hour for any second division vehicle designed or used for the carrying of a gross weight of 8,001 pounds or more, bus (on highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation or the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority), house car, camper, private living coach, recreational vehicle, and vehicle towing any other vehicle. Provides that a first division vehicle may exceed the posted speed limit outside an urban district by 10 miles per hour to overtake and pass a second division vehicle. Effective immediately. LRB9002973NTsb LRB9002973NTsb 1 AN ACT to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code by changing 2 Section 11-601. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by 6 changing Section 11-601 as follows: 7 (625 ILCS 5/11-601) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-601) 8 Sec. 11-601. General speed restrictions. 9 (a) No vehicle may be driven upon any highway of this 10 State at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and 11 proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the 12 highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property. 13 The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the 14 applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver 15 from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing 16 an intersection, approaching and going around a curve, when 17 approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or 18 winding roadway, or when special hazard exists with respect 19 to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or 20 highway conditions. Speed must be decreased as may be 21 necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or 22 entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements 23 and the duty of all persons to use due care. 24 (b) No person may drive a vehicle upon any highway of 25 this State at a speed which is greater than the applicable 26 statutory maximum speed limit established by paragraphs (c), 27 (d), (e), (f) or (g) of this Section, by Section 11-605 or 28 by a regulation or ordinance made under this Chapter. 29 (c) Unless some other speed restriction is established 30 under this Chapter, the maximum speed limit in an urban 31 district for all vehicles is: -2- LRB9002973NTsb 1 1. 30 miles per hour; and 2 2. 15 miles per hour in an alley. 3 (d) Unless some other speed restriction is established 4 under this Chapter, the maximum speed limit outside an urban 5 district for any vehicle of the first division or a second 6 division vehicle
designed or used for the carrying of a gross7 weight of 8,000 pounds or less (including the weight of the8 vehicle and maximum load)is (1) 65 miles per hour (i) for 9 all highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State 10 Toll Highway Authority and (ii) for all or part of highways 11 that are designated by the Department, have at least 4 lanes 12 of traffic, and have a separation between the roadways moving 13 in opposite directions and (2) 55 miles per hour for all 14 other highways, roads, and streets. However, a vehicle of the 15 first division may exceed the maximum posted speed limit 16 outside an urban district by 10 miles per hour in order to 17 overtake and pass a second division vehicle proceeding in the 18 same direction, overtaking and passing to the left side of 19 the roadway and in accordance with this Code, until the 20 vehicle of the first division is safely clear of the 21 overtaken second division vehicle and is able to again drive 22 to the right side of the roadway. 23 (e) (Blank). Unless some lesser speed restriction is24 established under this Chapter, the maximum speed limit25 outside an urban district for a second division vehicle26 designed or used for the carrying of a gross weight of 8,00127 pounds or more (including the weight of the vehicle and28 maximum load) is 55 miles per hour.29 (f) Unless some other speed restriction is established 30 under this Chapter, the maximum speed limit outside an urban 31 district for a bus is: 32 1. 65 miles per hour upon any highway which has at 33 least 4 lanes of traffic and of which the roadways for 34 traffic moving in opposite directions are separated by a -3- LRB9002973NTsb 1 strip of ground which is not surfaced or suitable for 2 vehicular traffic, except that the maximum speed limit 3 for a bus on all highways, roads, or streets not under 4 the jurisdiction of the Department or the Illinois State 5 Toll Highway Authority is 55 miles per hour; and 6 2. 65 60miles per hour on any other highway, 7 except that the maximum speed limit for a bus on all 8 highways, roads, or streets not under the jurisdiction of 9 the Department or the Illinois State Toll Highway 10 Authority is 55 miles per hour. 11 (g) Unless some other speed restriction is established 12 under this Chapter, the maximum speed limit outside an urban 13 district for a house car, camper, private living coach, 14 vehicles licensed as recreational vehicles, and any vehicle 15 towing any other vehicle is 65 55miles per hour or the 16 posted speed limit, whichever is less. 17 (Source: P.A. 89-444, eff. 1-25-96; 89-551, eff. 1-1-97.) 18 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 19 becoming law.
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