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Full Text of HB5143  100th General Assembly




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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 and 6-109 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



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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



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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



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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;



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197-333, eff. 8-12-11.)