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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the Illinois Vehicle Code by changing
 2    Section 12-201.

 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 12-201 as follows:

 7        (625 ILCS 5/12-201) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-201)
 8        Sec. 12-201. When lighted lamps are required.
 9        (a)  When operated upon any highway in this State,  every
10    motorcycle  shall  at  all times exhibit at least one lighted
11    lamp, showing a white light visible for at least 500 feet  in
12    the direction the motorcycle is proceeding.  However, in lieu
13    of  such  lighted lamp, a motorcycle may be equipped with and
14    use a means of modulating the upper beam  of  the  head  lamp
15    between high and a lower brightness.  No such head lamp shall
16    be  modulated,  except  to  otherwise  comply with this Code,
17    during times when lighted lamps are required for other  motor
18    vehicles.
19        (b)  All  other  motor  vehicles shall exhibit at least 2
20    lighted head lamps, with at least one on  each  side  of  the
21    front  of the vehicle, which satisfy United States Department
22    of  Transportation  requirements,   showing   white   lights,
23    including  that  emitted  by  high  intensity discharge (HID)
24    lamps, or lights of a yellow or amber tint, during the period
25    from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before  sunrise,
26    at   times   when  rain,  snow,  fog,  or  other  atmospheric
27    conditions require the use of windshield wipers, and  at  any
28    other  times  when,  due to insufficient light or unfavorable
29    atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on  the  highway
30    are  not  clearly  discernible  at  a  distance of 1000 feet.
31    Parking lamps may be used in addition to but not in  lieu  of
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 1    such   head   lamps.   Every   motor   vehicle,  trailer,  or
 2    semi-trailer shall also exhibit at  least  2  lighted  lamps,
 3    commonly  known  as tail lamps, which shall be mounted on the
 4    left rear and right rear of the vehicle so as to throw a  red
 5    light visible for at least 500 feet in the reverse direction,
 6    except  that  a  truck  tractor  or road tractor manufactured
 7    before January 1, 1968 and all motorcycles need  be  equipped
 8    with only one such tail lamp.
 9        (c)  Either  a  tail  lamp or a separate lamp shall be so
10    constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light  a
11    rear  registration  plate when required and render it clearly
12    legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear. Any tail lamp
13    or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp or  lamps  for
14    illuminating  a rear registration plate, shall be so wired as
15    to be lighted whenever the head lamps  or  auxiliary  driving
16    lamps are lighted.
17        (d)  A  person shall install only head lamps that satisfy
18    United States Department of  Transportation  regulations  and
19    show  white  light,  including  that emitted by HID lamps, or
20    light of a yellow or amber tint for use by a motor vehicle.
21    (Source: P.A. 88-147.)

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