Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of HB5632
Illinois General Assembly

Previous General Assemblies

Full Text of HB5632  100th General Assembly




HB5632 EnrolledLRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
5Sections 2-112, 6-109, and 11-1421 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/2-112)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-112)
7    Sec. 2-112. Distribution of synopsis laws.
8    (a) The Secretary of State may publish a synopsis or
9summary of the laws of this State regulating the operation of
10vehicles and may deliver a copy thereof without charge with
11each original vehicle registration and with each original
12driver's license.
13    (b) The Secretary of State shall make any necessary
14revisions in its publications including, but not limited to,
15the Illinois Rules of the Road, to accurately conform its
16publications to the provisions of the Pedestrians with
17Disabilities Safety Act.
18    (c) The Secretary of State shall include, in the Illinois
19Rules of the Road publication, information advising drivers to
20use the Dutch Reach method when opening a vehicle door after
21parallel parking on a street (checking the rear-view mirror,
22checking the side-view mirror, then opening the door with the
23right hand, thereby reducing the risk of injuring a bicyclist



HB5632 Enrolled- 2 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1or opening the door in the path a vehicle approaching from
3(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10.)
4    (625 ILCS 5/6-109)
5    Sec. 6-109. Examination of Applicants.
6    (a) The Secretary of State shall examine every applicant
7for a driver's license or permit who has not been previously
8licensed as a driver under the laws of this State or any other
9state or country, or any applicant for renewal of such driver's
10license or permit when such license or permit has been expired
11for more than one year. The Secretary of State shall, subject
12to the provisions of paragraph (c), examine every licensed
13driver at least every 8 years, and may examine or re-examine
14any other applicant or licensed driver, provided that during
15the years 1984 through 1991 those drivers issued a license for
163 years may be re-examined not less than every 7 years or more
17than every 10 years.
18    The Secretary of State shall require the testing of the
19eyesight of any driver's license or permit applicant who has
20not been previously licensed as a driver under the laws of this
21State and shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide for
22the orderly administration of all the provisions of this
24    The Secretary of State shall include at least one test
25question that concerns the provisions of the Pedestrians with



HB5632 Enrolled- 3 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1Disabilities Safety Act in the question pool used for the
2written portion of the drivers license examination within one
3year after July 22, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act
5    The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
6used for the written portion of the driver's license
7examination, test questions concerning safe driving in the
8presence of bicycles, of which one may be concerning the Dutch
9Reach method as described in Section 2-112.
10    (b) Except as provided for those applicants in paragraph
11(c), such examination shall include a test of the applicant's
12eyesight, his ability to read and understand official traffic
13control devices, his knowledge of safe driving practices and
14the traffic laws of this State, and may include an actual
15demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise ordinary
16and reasonable control of the operation of a motor vehicle, and
17such further physical and mental examination as the Secretary
18of State finds necessary to determine the applicant's fitness
19to operate a motor vehicle safely on the highways, except the
20examination of an applicant 75 years of age or older shall
21include an actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to
22exercise ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a
23motor vehicle. All portions of written and verbal examinations
24under this Section, excepting where the English language
25appears on facsimiles of road signs, may be given in the
26Spanish language and, at the discretion of the Secretary of



HB5632 Enrolled- 4 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1State, in any other language as well as in English upon request
2of the examinee. Deaf persons who are otherwise qualified are
3not prohibited from being issued a license, other than a
4commercial driver's license, under this Code.
5    (c) Re-examination for those applicants who at the time of
6renewing their driver's license possess a driving record devoid
7of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of
8committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be
9required upon conviction pursuant to Section 6-205 at the time
10of renewal shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary in
11order to determine an applicant's ability to safely operate a
12motor vehicle, except that every applicant for the renewal of a
13driver's license who is 75 years of age or older must prove, by
14an actual demonstration, the applicant's ability to exercise
15reasonable care in the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
16    (d) In the event the applicant is not ineligible under the
17provisions of Section 6-103 to receive a driver's license, the
18Secretary of State shall make provision for giving an
19examination, either in the county where the applicant resides
20or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the
21applicant, within not more than 30 days from the date said
22application is received.
23    (e) The Secretary of State may adopt rules regarding the
24use of foreign language interpreters during the application and
25examination process.
26(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10; 96-1231, eff. 7-23-10;



HB5632 Enrolled- 5 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

197-333, eff. 8-12-11.)
2    (625 ILCS 5/11-1421)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1421)
3    Sec. 11-1421. Conditions for operating ambulances and
4rescue vehicles.
5    (a) No person shall operate an ambulance or rescue vehicle
6in a manner not conforming to the motor vehicle laws and
7regulations of this State or of any political subdivision of
8this State as such laws and regulations apply to motor vehicles
9in general, unless in compliance with the following conditions:
10        1. The person operating the ambulance shall be either
11    responding to a bona fide emergency call or specifically
12    directed by a licensed physician to disregard traffic laws
13    in operating the ambulance during and for the purpose of
14    the specific trip or journey that is involved;
15        2. The ambulance or rescue vehicle shall be equipped
16    with a siren producing an audible signal of an intensity of
17    100 decibels at a distance of 50 feet from the siren, and
18    with a lamp or lamps emitting an oscillating, rotating or
19    flashing red beam directed in part toward the front of the
20    vehicle, and these lamps shall have sufficient intensity to
21    be visible at 500 feet in normal sunlight, and in addition
22    to other lighting requirements, excluding those vehicles
23    operated in counties with a population in excess of
24    2,000,000, may also operate with a lamp or lamps emitting
25    an oscillating, rotating, or flashing green light;



HB5632 Enrolled- 6 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1        3. The aforesaid siren and lamp or lamps shall be in
2    operation at all times when it is reasonably necessary to
3    warn pedestrians and other drivers of the approach thereof
4    during such trip or journey, except that in a municipality
5    with a population over 1,000,000, the siren and lamp or
6    lamps shall be in operation only when it is reasonably
7    necessary to warn pedestrians and other drivers of the
8    approach thereof while responding to an emergency call or
9    transporting a patient who presents a combination of
10    circumstances resulting in a need for immediate medical
11    intervention;
12        4. Whenever the ambulance or rescue vehicle is operated
13    at a speed in excess of 40 miles per hour, the ambulance or
14    rescue vehicle shall be operated in complete conformance
15    with every other motor vehicle law and regulation of this
16    State and of the political subdivision in which the
17    ambulance or rescue vehicle is operated, relating to the
18    operation of motor vehicles, as such provision applies to
19    motor vehicles in general, except laws and regulations
20    pertaining to compliance with official traffic-control
21    devices or to vehicular operation upon the right half of
22    the roadway; and
23        5. The ambulance shall display registration plates
24    identifying the vehicle as an ambulance.
25    (b) The foregoing provisions do not relieve the driver of
26an ambulance or rescue vehicle from the duty of driving with



HB5632 Enrolled- 7 -LRB100 20888 LNS 36393 b

1due regard for the safety of all persons, nor do such
2provisions protect the driver from the consequences resulting
3from the reckless disregard for the safety of others.
4(Source: P.A. 88-517.)