Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Chapter 24 - Motor Vehicle Code [24-1]

There are here­by estab­lished var­i­ous truck routes on Coun­ty High­ways pur­suant to Sched­ule “T” of this Chapter.

All groups and orga­ni­za­tions plan­ning to use the Coun­ty road sys­tem shall reg­is­ter the “bicy­cle ride” with the Sheriff’s office, if the num­ber of cyclists is over five (5) peo­ple.  No group shall ride on the Coun­ty roads unless they have the Sheriff’s permission.

[NOTE:  See Sec­tion 1–1‑20 for Penalties.]

(A) Every bicy­cle, when in use at night­time, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light vis­i­ble from a dis­tance of at least five hun­dred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflec­tor on the rear of a type approved by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion which shall be vis­i­ble from all dis­tances of one hun­dred (100) feet to six hun­dred (600) feet to the rear when direct­ly in front of law­ful low­er beams of head­lights on a motor vehi­cle.  A lamp emit­ting a red light vis­i­ble from a dis­tance of five hun­dred (500) feet to the rear may be used in addi­tion to the red reflector.

(B) A bicy­cle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any per­son use any siren upon a bicycle.

(C) Every bicy­cle shall be equipped with a brake which will ade­quate­ly con­trol move­ment of and stop and hold such bicycle.

(D) No per­son shall sell a new bicy­cle or ped­al for use on a bicy­cle that is not equipped with a reflex reflec­tor or con­form­ing to spec­i­fi­ca­tions pre­scribed by the State on each ped­al, vis­i­ble from the front and rear of the bicy­cle dur­ing dark­ness from a dis­tance of two hun­dred (200) feet.

(E) No per­son shall sell or offer for sale a new bicy­cle that is not equipped with side reflec­tors.  Such reflec­tors shall be vis­i­ble from each side of the bicy­cle from a dis­tance of five hun­dred (500) feet and shall be essen­tial­ly col­or­less or red or amber to the front of the cen­ter of the bicy­cle pro­vid­ed.  The require­ments of this para­graph may be met by reflec­tive mate­ri­als which shall be at least three-six­­­teenths (3/16) of an inch wide on each side of each tire or rim to indi­cate as clear­ly as pos­si­ble the con­tin­u­ous cir­cu­lar shape and size of the tires or rims of such bicy­cle and which reflec­tive mate­ri­als may be of the same col­or on both the front and rear tire or rim.  Such reflec­tors shall con­form to spec­i­fi­ca­tions pre­scribed by the State.

(F) No per­son shall sell or offer for sale a new bicy­cle that is not equipped with an essen­tial­ly col­or­less front fac­ing reflector.

When­ev­er any per­son is rid­ing a bicy­cle upon a side­walk, such per­son shall yield the right-of-way to any pedes­tri­an and shall give audi­ble sig­nal before over­tak­ing and pass­ing such pedestrian.

No per­son shall park a bicy­cle upon a street oth­er than upon the road­way against the curb or upon the side­walk in a rack to sup­port the bicy­cle or against a build­ing or at a curb, in such a man­ner as to obstruct pedes­tri­an traffic.

No per­son oper­at­ing a bicy­cle shall car­ry any pack­age, bun­dle or arti­cle which pre­vents the rid­er from keep­ing at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.

The oper­a­tor of a bicy­cle emerg­ing from an alley, dri­ve­way or build­ing shall, upon approach­ing a side­walk or the side­walk area extend­ing across any alley­way, yield the right-of-way to all pedes­tri­ans approach­ing on the side­walk area, and upon enter­ing the road­way shall yield the right-of-way to all vehi­cles approach­ing on the roadway.

No per­son shall oper­ate a bicy­cle at a speed greater than is rea­son­able and pru­dent under the con­di­tions then existing.

(A) Every per­son oper­at­ing a bicy­cle upon a road­way shall ride as near to the right side of the road­way as prac­ti­ca­ble, exer­cis­ing due care when pass­ing a stand­ing vehi­cle or one pro­ceed­ing in the same direction.

(B) Per­sons rid­ing bicy­cles upon a road­way shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of road­ways set aside for the exclu­sive use of bicycles.

(C) Wher­ev­er a usable path for bicy­cles has been pro­vid­ed adja­cent to a road­way, bicy­cle rid­ers shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

(A) A per­son pro­pelling a bicy­cle shall not ride oth­er than astride a per­ma­nent or reg­u­lar seat attached thereto.

(B) No bicy­cle shall be used to car­ry more per­sons at one (1) time than the num­ber for which it is designed and equipped.

(A) The reg­u­la­tions applic­a­ble to bicy­cles shall apply when­ev­er a bicy­cle is oper­at­ed upon any high­way or upon any path set aside for the exclu­sive use of bicy­cles sub­ject to those excep­tions stat­ed in this Chapter.

(B) Every per­son rid­ing a bicy­cle upon a road­way shall be grant­ed all of the rights and shall be sub­ject to all of the duties applic­a­ble to the dri­ver of a vehi­cle by the laws of the State declar­ing rules of the road applic­a­ble to vehi­cles or by this title applic­a­ble to the dri­ver of a vehi­cle, except as to spe­cial reg­u­la­tions in this Chap­ter and except as to those reg­u­la­tions which by their nature can have no application.

(C) Any per­son oper­at­ing a bicy­cle shall obey the instruc­tions of offi­cial traf­f­ic-con­trol sig­nals, signs and oth­er con­trol devices applic­a­ble to vehi­cles, unless oth­er­wise direct­ed by a police offi­cer or sheriff’s deputy.

(D) When­ev­er autho­rized signs are erect­ed indi­cat­ing that no right or left turn or U‑turn is per­mit­ted, no per­son oper­at­ing a bicy­cle shall dis­obey the direc­tion of any such sign, except where such per­son dis­mounts from the bicy­cle to make any such turn, in which event such per­son shall then obey the reg­u­la­tions applic­a­ble to pedestrians.

(A) Any per­son who vio­lates Sec­tion 24–7‑1 of this Arti­cle or who aids and abets in that violation:

  1. shall be sub­ject to a manda­to­ry fine of Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00); and
  2. shall be required by the court to make a dis­po­si­tion on the aban­doned or unclaimed vehi­cle and pay all tow­ing, stor­age, 
    and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs pur­suant to Sec­tion 24–7‑3(A) and (E).

(B) When a vehi­cle is aban­doned, it shall be pre­sumed that the last reg­is­tered own­er is respon­si­ble for the aban­don­ment and shall be liable for all tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs, less any amounts real­ized in the dis­pos­al of the vehi­cle.  The last reg­is­tered owner’s lia­bil­i­ty for stor­age fees may not exceed a max­i­mum of thir­ty (30) days’ stor­age fees.

The pre­sump­tion estab­lished under this para­graph may be rebutted by a show­ing that, pri­or to the time of the tow:

  1.  a report of vehi­cle theft was filed with respect to the vehi­cle; or
  2. the vehi­cle was sold or trans­ferred and the last reg­is­tered own­er pro­vides the tow­ing ser­vice with the cor­rect iden­ti­ty and address of the new own­er at the time of the sale or transfer.

If the pre­sump­tion estab­lished under this Sec­tion is rebutted, the per­son respon­si­ble for theft of the vehi­cle or to whom the vehi­cle was sold or trans­ferred is liable for all tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs.  (625 ILCS 5/4–214)

(A) A law enforce­ment offi­cer or agency, a depart­ment of munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment des­ig­nat­ed under 625 ILCS 5/4–212.1 or its offi­cers or employ­ees, or a tow­ing ser­vice own­er, oper­a­tor, or employ­ee shall not be held to answer or be liable for dam­ages in any action brought by the reg­is­tered own­er, for­mer reg­is­tered own­er, or his legal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, lien­hold­er or any oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to the pos­ses­sion of a vehi­cle when the vehi­cle was processed and sold or dis­posed of as pro­vid­ed by this Article.

(B) A tow­ing ser­vice, and any of its offi­cers or employ­ees, that removes or tows a vehi­cle as a result of being direct­ed to do so by a law enforce­ment offi­cer or agency or a depart­ment of munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment or its offi­cers or employ­ees shall not be held to answer or be liable for injury to, loss of, or dam­ages to any real or per­son­al prop­er­ty that occurs in the course of the removal or tow­ing of a vehi­cle or its con­tents on a lim­it­ed access high­way in a des­ig­nat­ed Inci­dent Man­age­ment Pro­gram that uses fast lane clear­ance tech­niques as defined by the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.  (625 ILCS 5/4–213)

(A) When a vehi­cle locat­ed with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its is autho­rized to be towed away by a law enforce­ment agency hav­ing juris­dic­tion and dis­posed of as set forth in this Arti­cle, the pro­ceeds of the pub­lic sale or dis­po­si­tion after the deduc­tion of tow­ing, stor­age and pro­cess­ing charges shall be deposit­ed in the trea­sury of the County.

(B) The pro­vi­sions of this Sec­tion shall not apply to vehi­cles dis­posed of or sold at pub­lic sale under sub­sec­tion (k) of 625 ILCS 5/4–107 of the Illi­nois Vehi­cle Code.  (625 ILCS 5/4–211) 

When a vehi­cle in the cus­tody of the Coun­ty or law enforce­ment agency is reclaimed by the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­son, or when the vehi­cle is sold at pub­lic sale or oth­er­wise dis­posed of as pro­vid­ed in this Arti­cle, a report of the trans­ac­tion will be main­tained by that law enforce­ment agency for a peri­od of one (1) year from the date of the sale or dis­pos­al. (625 ILCS 5/4–210)

In an action to col­lect tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges that remain unpaid after dis­po­si­tion of a vehi­cle towed or relo­cat­ed under this Code, the tow­ing ser­vice may recov­er rea­son­able col­lec­tion costs.

Any haz­ardous dilap­i­dat­ed motor vehi­cle impound­ed pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of this Arti­cle and 65 ILCS 5/11–40‑3.1, whether impound­ed at a pub­lic facil­i­ty or on the prop­er­ty of pri­vate tow­ing ser­vice, shall be kept in cus­tody for a peri­od of ten (10) days for the pur­pose of deter­min­ing the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er or lien­hold­er and con­tact­ing such own­er or lien­hold­er, if known, by reg­u­lar U.S. Mail.  At the expi­ra­tion of the ten (10) day peri­od, with­out ben­e­fit of dis­po­si­tion infor­ma­tion being received from the reg­is­tered own­er or lien­hold­er, the law enforce­ment agency hav­ing juris­dic­tion will autho­rize the dis­pos­al of the vehi­cle as junk.  (65 ILCS 5/4–209.1) 

(A) New Car. When the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled per­sons of an aban­doned, lost, or unclaimed vehi­cle of sev­en (7) years of age or new­er can­not be deter­mined by any means pro­vid­ed for in this Arti­cle, the vehi­cle may be sold as pro­vid­ed for in Sec­tion 24–7‑8 with­out notice to any per­son whose iden­ti­ty can­not be determined.

(B) Old Car. When an aban­doned vehi­cle of more than sev­en (7) years of age is impound­ed as spec­i­fied by this Arti­cle, or when any such vehi­cle is towed at the request or with the con­sent of the own­er or oper­a­tor and is sub­se­quent­ly aban­doned, it will be kept in cus­tody or stor­age for a min­i­mum of ten (10) days for the pur­pose of deter­min­ing the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons and con­tact­ing the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons by the U.S. Mail, pub­lic ser­vice or in per­son for a deter­mi­na­tion of dis­po­si­tion; and an exam­i­na­tion of the State Police stolen vehi­cle files for theft and want­ed infor­ma­tion.  At the expi­ra­tion of the ten (10) dayperi­od, with­out the ben­e­fit of dis­po­si­tion infor­ma­tion being received from the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons, the vehi­cle may be dis­posed of in either of the fol­low­ing ways:

  1. The law enforce­ment agency hav­ing juris­dic­tion will autho­rize the dis­pos­al of the vehi­cle as junk or salvage.
  2. The tow­ing ser­vice may sell the vehi­cle in the man­ner pro­vid­ed in Sec­tion 24–7‑8 of this Arti­cle, pro­vid­ed that the para­graph shall not apply to vehi­cles towed by order or autho­riza­tion of a law enforce­ment agency.

(C) Antique Vehi­cle. A vehi­cle clas­si­fied as an antique vehi­cle, cus­tom vehi­cle, or street rod may, how­ev­er, be sold to a per­son desir­ing to restore it. (625 ILCS Sec. 5/4–209)

(A) When an aban­doned, lost, stolen or unclaimed vehi­cle sev­en (7) years of age or new­er remains unclaimed by the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­son for a peri­od of thir­ty (30) days after notice has been giv­en as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tions 24–7‑5 and 24–7‑6 of this Arti­cle, the law enforce­ment agency or tow­ing ser­vice hav­ing pos­ses­sion of the vehi­cle shall cause it to be sold at pub­lic auc­tion to a per­son licensed as an auto­mo­tive parts recy­cler, rebuilder or scrap proces­sor under Arti­cle 5 of Chap­ter 625 of the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes or the tow­ing oper­a­tor which towed the vehi­cle.  Notice of the time and place of the sale shall be post­ed in a con­spic­u­ous place for at least ten (10) days pri­or to the sale on the premis­es where the vehi­cle has been impound­ed.  At least ten (10) days pri­or to the sale, the law enforce­ment agency where the vehi­cle is impound­ed, or the tow­ing ser­vice where the vehi­cle is impound­ed, shall cause a notice of the time and place of the sale to be sent by cer­ti­fied mail to the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons.  Notice as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tions 24–7‑5 and 24–7‑6 of this Arti­cle as pro­vid­ed in this Sec­tion shall state the time and place of sale and shall con­tain a com­plete descrip­tion of the vehi­cle to be sold and what steps must be tak­en by any legal­ly enti­tled per­sons to reclaim the vehicle.

(B) If an aban­doned, lost, stolen, or unclaimed vehi­cle dis­plays deal­er plates, notice under this Sec­tion and Sec­tion 24–7‑9 of this Code shall be sent to both the deal­er and the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled persons.

(C) In those instances where the cer­ti­fied noti­fi­ca­tion spec­i­fied in Sec­tion 24–7‑5 and 24–7‑6 of this Arti­cle has been returned by the postal author­i­ties to the law enforce­ment agency or tow­ing ser­vice, the send­ing of a sec­ond cer­ti­fied notice will not be required.  (625 ILCS 5/4–208)

(A) Any time before a vehi­cle is sold at pub­lic sale or dis­posed of as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tion 24–7‑8, the own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to its pos­ses­sion may reclaim the vehi­cle by pre­sent­ing to the law enforce­ment agency hav­ing cus­tody of the vehi­cle proof of own­er­ship or proof of the right to pos­ses­sion of the vehicle.

(B) No vehi­cle shall be released to the own­er, lien­hold­er, or oth­er per­son under this Sec­tion until all tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges have been paid.  (625 ILCS 5/4–207)

When the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to the pos­ses­sion of a vehi­cle can­not be iden­ti­fied from the reg­is­tra­tion files of this State or from the reg­is­tra­tion files of a for­eign state, if applic­a­ble, the law enforce­ment agency hav­ing cus­tody of the vehi­cle shall noti­fy the State Police, for the pur­pose of iden­ti­fy­ing the vehi­cle own­er or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to the pos­ses­sion of the vehi­cle.  The infor­ma­tion obtained by the State Police will be imme­di­ate­ly for­ward­ed to the law enforce­ment agency hav­ing cus­tody of the vehi­cle for noti­fi­ca­tion pur­pos­es as set forth in Sec­tion 24–7‑5 of this Code.  (625 ILCS 5/4–206)

(A) When a law enforce­ment agency autho­riz­ing the impound­ing of a vehi­cle does not know the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­son, that law enforce­ment agency will cause the vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion records of the State of Illi­nois to be searched by the Sec­re­tary of State for the pur­pose of obtain­ing the required own­er­ship information.

(B) The law enforce­ment agency autho­riz­ing the impound­ing of a vehi­cle will cause the stolen motor vehi­cle files of the State Police to be searched by a direct­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the State Police for stolen or want­ed infor­ma­tion on the vehi­cle.  When the State Police files are searched with neg­a­tive results, the infor­ma­tion con­tained in the Nation­al Crime Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter (NCIC) files will be searched by the State Police.  The infor­ma­tion deter­mined from these record search­es will be returned to the request­ing law enforce­ment agency for that agency’s use in send­ing a noti­fi­ca­tion by cer­ti­fied mail to the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er and oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons advis­ing where the vehi­cle is held, request­ing a dis­po­si­tion be made and set­ting forth pub­lic sale infor­ma­tion.  Noti­fi­ca­tion shall be sent no lat­er than ten (10) busi­ness days after the date the law enforce­ment agency impounds or autho­rizes the impound­ing of a vehi­cle, pro­vid­ed that if the law enforce­ment agency is unable to deter­mine the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to own­er­ship of the impound­ed vehi­cle with­in a ten (10) busi­ness day peri­od after impound­ment, then noti­fi­ca­tion shall be sent no lat­er than two (2) days after the date the iden­ti­ty of the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er or oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to own­er­ship of the impound­ed vehi­cle is deter­mined.  Excep­tions to a noti­fi­ca­tion by cer­ti­fied mail to the reg­is­tered own­er, lien­hold­er and oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­sons are set forth in 625 ILCS 5/4–209.

(C) When own­er­ship infor­ma­tion is need­ed for a tow­ing ser­vice to give noti­fi­ca­tion as required under this Code, the tow­ing ser­vice may cause the vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion records of the State of Illi­nois to be searched by the Sec­re­tary of State.

The writ­ten request of a tow­ing ser­vice, in the form and con­tain­ing the infor­ma­tion pre­scribed by the Sec­re­tary of State by rule, may be trans­mit­ted to the Sec­re­tary of State in per­son, by U.S. Mail or oth­er deliv­ery ser­vice, by fac­sim­i­le trans­mis­sion, or by oth­er means the Sec­re­tary of State deems acceptable.

The Sec­re­tary of State shall pro­vide the required infor­ma­tion, or a state­ment that the infor­ma­tion was not found in the vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion records of the State, by U.S. Mail or oth­er deliv­ery ser­vice, fac­sim­i­le trans­mis­sion, as request­ed by the tow­ing ser­vice, or by oth­er means accept­able to the Sec­re­tary of State.

(D) The Sec­re­tary of State may pre­scribe stan­dards and pro­ce­dures for sub­mis­sion of requests for record search­es and replies via com­put­er link.

(E) Fees for ser­vices pro­vid­ed under this Sec­tion shall be in amounts pre­scribed by the Sec­re­tary of State under Sec­tion 3–821.1 of the Illi­nois Munic­i­pal Code.  Pay­ment may be made by the tow­ing ser­vice using cash, any com­mon­ly accept­ed cred­it card, or any oth­er means of pay­ment deemed accept­able by the Sec­re­tary of State.  (625 ILCS 5/4–205)

When a vehi­cle is autho­rized to be towed away as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tion 24–7‑2 or 24–7‑3:

(A)  The autho­riza­tion, any hold order, and any release shall be in writ­ing, or con­firmed in writ­ing, with a copy giv­en to the tow­ing service.

(B) The police head­quar­ters or office of the law offi­cer autho­riz­ing the tow­ing shall keep and main­tain a record of the vehi­cle towed, list­ing the col­or, year of man­u­fac­ture, manufacturer’s trade name, manufacturer’s series name, body style, Vehi­cle Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber, license plate year and num­ber and reg­is­tra­tion stick­er year and num­ber dis­played on the vehi­cle.  The record shall also include the date and hour of tow, loca­tion towed from, loca­tion towed to, rea­son for tow­ing and the name of the offi­cer autho­riz­ing the tow.

(C) The own­er, oper­a­tor, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­son shall be respon­si­ble to the tow­ing ser­vice for pay­ment of applic­a­ble removal, tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs asso­ci­at­ed with a vehi­cle towed or held under order or autho­riza­tion of the law enforce­ment agency.  If a vehi­cle towed or held under order or autho­riza­tion of a law enforce­ment agency is seized by the order­ing or autho­riz­ing agency or any oth­er law enforce­ment or gov­ern­men­tal agency and sold, any unpaid removal, tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs shall be paid to the tow­ing ser­vice from the pro­ceeds of the sale.  If applic­a­ble law pro­vides that the pro­ceeds are to be paid into the trea­sury of the appro­pri­ate civ­il juris­dic­tion, then any unpaid removal, tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs shall be paid to the tow­ing ser­vice from the trea­sury of the civ­il juris­dic­tion.  That pay­ment shall not, how­ev­er, exceed the amount of pro­ceeds from the sale, with the bal­ance to be paid by the own­er, oper­a­tor, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled person.

(D) Upon deliv­ery of a writ­ten release order to the tow­ing ser­vice, a vehi­cle sub­ject to a hold order shall be released to the own­er, oper­a­tor, or oth­er legal­ly enti­tled per­son upon proof of own­er­ship or oth­er enti­tle­ment and upon pay­ment of applic­a­ble removal, tow­ing, stor­age, and pro­cess­ing charges and col­lec­tion costs.  (625 ILCS 5/4–204)

(A) When a vehi­cle is aban­doned on a high­way in an urban dis­trict ten (10) hours or more, its removal by a tow­ing ser­vice may be autho­rized by a law enforce­ment agency hav­ing jurisdiction.

(B) When a vehi­cle is aban­doned or left unat­tend­ed on a high­way oth­er than a toll high­way, inter­state high­way, or express­way, out­side of an urban dis­trict for twen­­­ty-four (24) hours or more, its removal by a tow­ing ser­vice may be autho­rized by a law enforce­ment agency hav­ing jurisdiction.

(C) When an aban­doned, unat­tend­ed, wrecked, burned or par­tial­ly dis­man­tled vehi­cle is cre­at­ing a traf­fic haz­ard because of its posi­tion in rela­tion to the high­way or its phys­i­cal appear­ance is caus­ing the imped­ing of traf­fic, its imme­di­ate removal from the high­way or pri­vate prop­er­ty adja­cent to the high­way by a tow­ing ser­vice may be autho­rized by a law enforce­ment agency hav­ing jurisdiction.

When an aban­doned, lost, stolen or unclaimed vehi­cle comes into the tem­po­rary pos­ses­sion or cus­tody of a per­son in this Coun­ty, not the own­er of the vehi­cle, such per­son shall imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the munic­i­pal police when the vehi­cle is with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of any Coun­ty hav­ing a duly autho­rized police depart­ment, or the State Police or the coun­ty sher­iff when the vehi­cle is out­side the cor­po­rate lim­its of the Coun­ty.  Upon receipt of such noti­fi­ca­tion, the munic­i­pal police will autho­rize a tow­ing ser­vice to remove and take pos­ses­sion of the aban­doned, lost, stolen or unclaimed vehi­cle.  The tow­ing ser­vice will safe­ly keep the towed vehi­cle and its con­tents, main­tain a record of the tow as set forth in 625 ILCS 5/4–204 for law enforce­ment agen­cies, until the vehi­cle is claimed by the own­er or any oth­er per­son legal­ly enti­tled to pos­ses­sion there­of or until it is dis­posed of as pro­vid­ed in this Code.  (625 ILCS 5/4–202)

(A) The aban­don­ment of a vehi­cle or any part there­of on any high­way in this Coun­ty is unlaw­ful and sub­ject to penal­ties as set forth under Sec­tion 1–1‑20 of this Code.

(B) The aban­don­ment of a vehi­cle or any part there­of on pri­vate or pub­lic prop­er­ty, oth­er than a high­way, in view of the gen­er­al pub­lic, any­where in this Coun­ty is unlaw­ful except on prop­er­ty of the own­er or bailee of such aban­doned vehi­cle.  A vehi­cle or any part there­of so aban­doned on pri­vate prop­er­ty shall be autho­rized for removal, by the Coun­ty, after a wait­ing peri­od of sev­en (7) days or more, or may be removed imme­di­ate­ly if deter­mined to be a haz­ardous dilap­i­dat­ed motor vehi­cle under Sec­tion 5/11–40‑3.1 of the Illi­nois Munic­i­pal Code.  A vio­la­tion of sub­sec­tions (A) or (B) of this Sec­tion is sub­ject to penal­ties as set forth under Sec­tion 1–1‑20 of this Code.

(C) A tow­ing ser­vice may begin to process an unclaimed vehi­cle as aban­doned by request­ing a record search by the Sec­re­tary of State up to ten (10) days after the date of the tow, or any lat­er date accept­able to the Sec­re­tary of State.  This para­graph shall not apply to vehi­cles towed by order or autho­riza­tion of the Coun­ty or a law enforce­ment agency.  (625 ILCS 5/4–201)

The fact that a vehi­cle which is ille­gal­ly parked or oper­at­ed is reg­is­tered in the name of a per­son shall be con­sid­ered pri­ma facie proof that such per­son was in con­trol of the vehi­cle at the time of such violation.

The Sheriff’s Depart­ment and all mem­bers there­of assigned to traf­fic duty are here­by autho­rized to remove and tow away, or have removed and towed away by com­mer­cial tow­ing ser­vice, any car, boat, trail­er, or oth­er vehi­cle ille­gal­ly parked in any place where such parked vehi­cle cre­ates or con­sti­tutes a traf­fic haz­ard, blocks the use of a fire hydrant or obstructs or may obstruct the move­ment of any emer­gency vehi­cle; or any vehi­cle which has been parked in any pub­lic street or oth­er pub­lic place for a peri­od of twen­­­ty-four (24) hours or more.

Vehi­cles towed away shall be stored on any Coun­ty prop­er­ty or in a pub­lic garage or park­ing lot and shall be restored to the own­er or oper­a­tor there­of after pay­ment of the expense incurred by the Coun­ty in remov­ing and stor­ing such vehicle(s).

(A) Des­ig­nat­ed Park­ing.  Cer­tain park­ing spaces with­in the con­fines of the Coun­ty shall be des­ig­nat­ed for use by hand­i­capped per­sons’ vehi­cles only and will be post­ed with appro­pri­ate signs to that effect.

(B) Use of Des­ig­nat­ed Hand­i­capped Park­ing. The use of des­ig­nat­ed hand­i­capped park­ing loca­tions, duly post­ed and signed shall to that effect, be open to any vehi­cle which bears the appro­pri­ate hand­i­capped Illi­nois Reg­is­tra­tion Plate issued by the Sec­re­tary of State for the State of Illi­nois, or a valid hand­i­capped park­ing per­mit issued by anoth­er gov­ern­men­tal agency or which bears a hand­i­capped card fur­nished in accor­dance with Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes, Chap­ter 625; Sec­tion 5/11–1301.1, et. seq. fur­nished by the County.

(C) Appli­ca­tion for Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Plate.    The issuance of an Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Motor Vehi­cle Reg­is­tra­tion Plate shall be made with the Sec­re­tary of State of the State of Illi­nois at any facil­i­ty pro­vid­ed and approved for that pur­pose by the Sec­re­tary of State. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–1301.2)

(D) Penal­ty.  Any vehi­cle parked in vio­la­tion of this Arti­cle in a post­ed des­ig­nat­ed hand­i­capped space which does not bear an Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Plate, or a valid hand­i­capped park­ing per­mit issued by anoth­er gov­ern­men­tal agency or a Coun­ty Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Card will be tick­et­ed and the vehi­cle will be removed in accor­dance with depart­men­tal poli­cies and in accor­dance with Sec­tion 
5/11–1302, Chap­ter 625 of the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes
.  The reg­is­tered own­er of the vehi­cle, as ascer­tained by the reg­is­tra­tion plates of the vehi­cle, will be pre­sumed to be in con­trol of the vehi­cle and will be fined One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) for vio­la­tion of this Arti­cle. The same reg­is­tered own­er will be held liable for the cost of removal of the vehi­cle and must pay that cost, plus stor­age charges, if any, pri­or to the release of the vehicle.

(E) Hand­i­capped Park­ing Areas.  Those places des­ig­nat­ed as “Hand­i­capped Park­ing Spaces” are list­ed in Sched­ule “H”.

(A) Except when nec­es­sary to avoid con­flict with oth­er traf­fic, or in com­pli­ance with law or the direc­tions of a police offi­cer, deputy sher­iff, or offi­cial traf­f­ic-con­trol devices, no per­son shall:

(1) Stop, Stand or Park a Vehicle:

  • On the road­way side of any vehi­cle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
  • On a sidewalk;
  • With­in an intersection;
  • On a crosswalk;
  • Between a safe­ty zone and the adja­cent curb or with­in thir­ty (30) feet of points on the curb imme­di­ate­ly oppo­site the ends of a safe­ty zone, unless a dif­fer­ent length is indi­cat­ed by signs or markings;
  • Along­side or oppo­site any street exca­va­tion or obstruc­tion when stop­ping, stand­ing or park­ing would obstruct traffic;
  • Upon any bridge or oth­er ele­vat­ed struc­ture upon a high­way or with­in a high­way tunnel;
  • On any rail­road tracks;
  • At any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it stopping;
  • On any con­trolled-access highway;
  • In the area between road­ways of a divid­ed high­way, includ­ing crossovers;
  • In any alley that is open and maintained;

(2) Stand or Park a Vehi­cle (whether occu­pied or not, except momen­tar­i­ly to pick up or dis­charge passengers):

  • In front of a pub­lic or pri­vate driveway;
  • With­in fif­teen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
  • With­in twen­ty (20) feet of a cross­walk at an intersection;
  • With­in thir­ty feet (30′) upon the approach to any flash­ing sig­nal, stop sign, yield sign or traf­f­ic-con­trol sig­nal locat­ed at the side of the roadway;
  • With­in twen­ty (20) feet of the dri­ve­way entrance to any fire sta­tion and on the side of a street oppo­site the entrance to any fire sta­tion with­in sev­en­­­ty-five (75) feet of such entrance (when prop­er­ly sign-posted);
  • At any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it stand­ing or parking;

(3) Park a Vehi­cle (whether occu­pied or not, except tem­porar­i­ly for the pur­pose of and while actu­al­ly engaged in load­ing or unload­ing prop­er­ty or passengers):

  • with­in fifty (50) feet of the near­est rail of a rail­road crossing;
  • at any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it parking;
  •  that is classed as a recre­ation­al vehi­cle on a pub­lic street, high­way, or road.

(B) No per­son shall move a vehi­cle not law­ful­ly under his con­trol into any such pro­hib­it­ed area or away from a curb such dis­tance as is unlaw­ful.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11–1303)

No per­son shall park a vehi­cle upon any street or road for the pur­pose of:

(A) dis­play­ing such vehi­cle for sale; or

(B) wash­ing, greas­ing or repair­ing such vehi­cle, except when emer­gency repairs are necessary.

It shall be unlaw­ful to park any vehi­cle for a peri­od of time in excess of the amount of time des­ig­nat­ed by law and so posted.

No motor vehi­cle shall be oper­at­ed on any street unless such vehi­cle is pro­vid­ed with a muf­fler in effi­cient actu­al work­ing con­di­tion; and the use of a cut-out is pro­hib­it­ed.  No muf­fler shall cause an unrea­son­ably loud or exces­sive noise.

The Illi­nois Vehi­cle Code, Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes, Chap­ter 625, Arti­cle 5/12, enti­tled “Equip­ment of Vehi­cles”, as passed, approved, and amend­ed by the Illi­nois Gen­er­al Assem­bly is here­by adopt­ed by the Coun­ty and the pro­vi­sions there­of shall be con­trol­ling with­in the Coun­ty, except for the last sen­tence of Sec­tions 5/12–205, begin­ning with “the” and end­ing with “act”, 5/12–605, and 5/12–605.1.

No oper­a­tor of a motor vehi­cle shall, when oper­at­ing the vehi­cle, accel­er­ate the vehi­cle or rapid­ly stop the vehi­cle caus­ing an unrea­son­ably loud noise.

It shall be unlaw­ful to oper­ate any vehi­cle in the Coun­ty in a care­less, reck­less, neg­li­gent or wan­ton man­ner, or care­less­ly so as to endan­ger life or property.

No oper­a­tor of a motor vehi­cle shall accel­er­ate the engine there­of when shift­ing the gears of such vehi­cle in such a man­ner as to cause the rear wheels of such vehi­cle to spin vio­lent­ly, there­by caus­ing an unrea­son­ably loud or exces­sive noise. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–505)

No oper­a­tor of a motor vehi­cle shall, when the motor vehi­cle is stopped, accel­er­ate the engine with the gears of such vehi­cle in neu­tral and while so accel­er­at­ing the engine, shift the gears of the vehi­cle into a for­ward or reverse move­ment, there­by caus­ing an unrea­son­ably loud noise with the dri­ve wheels of the vehicle.

No oper­a­tor of a motor vehi­cle shall, when the motor vehi­cle is stopped, unrea­son­ably accel­er­ate the engine there­of with the gears of the vehi­cle in neu­tral, there­by caus­ing an unrea­son­ably loud or exces­sive noise.

No per­son shall trans­port, car­ry, pos­sess or have any alco­holic liquor with­in the pas­sen­ger area of any motor vehi­cle in the Coun­ty except in the orig­i­nal con­tain­er and with the seal unbro­ken. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–502)

(A) Care­less Dri­ving.  It shall be unlaw­ful to oper­ate a vehi­cle in the Coun­ty in a care­less man­ner so as to inter­fere with the safe or law­ful oper­a­tion of any oth­er vehi­cle or so as to inter­fere with or to injure, dam­age, or endan­ger per­sons or prop­er­ty engaged in the law­ful use of the street.

(B) Drag Rac­ing Unlaw­ful.  No per­son shall be a par­tic­i­pant in drag rac­ing as defined in Sec­tion 5/11–504 of the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes.

(C) Flee­ing or Attempt­ing to Elude Police Offi­cer.  Any dri­ver or oper­a­tor of a motor vehi­cle who, hav­ing been giv­en a visu­al or audi­ble sig­nal by a police offi­cer direct­ing such dri­ver or oper­a­tor to bring his vehi­cle to a stop, will­ful­ly fails to or refus­es to obey such direc­tion, increas­es his speed, extin­guish­es his lights or oth­er­wise flees or attempts to elude the offi­cer is guilty of a vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter.  The sig­nal giv­en by the police offi­cer may be by hand, voice, siren, red or blue light.  Pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, the offi­cer giv­ing such sig­nal shall be in a peace officer’s uni­form and if dri­ving a vehi­cle, such vehi­cle shall be marked show­ing it to be an offi­cial emer­gency vehicle.

(D) Unlaw­ful Pos­ses­sion of High­way Sign or Mark­er.  The Depart­ment of Local Author­i­ties with ref­er­ence to traf­f­ic-con­trol sig­nals, signs or mark­ers owned by the Depart­ment of Local Author­i­ties are autho­rized to indi­cate the own­er­ship of such signs, sig­nals or mark­ers on the back of such devices in let­ters not less than three-eighths of an inch (3/8″) or more than three-fourths of an inch (3/4″) in height, by use of a met­al stamp, etch­ing or oth­er per­ma­nent means and except for employ­ees of the Depart­ment, deputy sher­iffs, con­trac­tors and their employ­ees engaged in high­way con­struc­tion, con­tract or work on the high­way approved by the Depart­ment, it is a vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter for any per­son to pos­sess such sign, sig­nal or mark­er so iden­ti­fied. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–313)

(E) Spe­cial Speed Lim­i­ta­tions on Ele­vat­ed Struc­tures.  No per­son shall dri­ve a vehi­cle over any bridge or oth­er ele­vat­ed struc­ture con­sti­tut­ing a part of a high­way at a speed which is greater than the max­i­mum speed which can be main­tained with safe­ty to such bridge or struc­ture when such struc­ture is sign-posted.

Upon the tri­al of any per­son charged with the vio­la­tion of this Sec­tion, proof of the deter­mi­na­tion of the max­i­mum speed by the Coun­ty and the exis­tence of such signs is con­clu­sive evi­dence of the max­i­mum speed which can be main­tained with safe­ty to such bridge or struc­ture. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–608)

(F) Gen­er­al Speed Restric­tions.  The speed lim­its on the var­i­ous streets shall be approved by the Coun­ty Board, but shall not exceed twen­ty miles per hour (20 MPH) in a school zone and not to exceed twen­­­ty-five miles per hour (25 MPH) on a res­i­den­tial street, unless oth­er­wise post­ed.  (Sched­ule “C” shall be an inte­gral part of this Sec­tion.)  (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–604)

(G) Spe­cial Speed Lim­it While Pass­ing Schools.  No per­son shall dri­ve a motor vehi­cle at a speed in excess of twen­ty miles per hour (20 MPH) while pass­ing a school zone or while trav­el­ing upon any pub­lic thor­ough­fare on or across which chil­dren pass going to and from school dur­ing school days when school chil­dren are present.

This Sec­tion shall not be applic­a­ble unless appro­pri­ate signs are post­ed upon streets and main­tained by the Coun­ty or State where­in the school zone is locat­ed. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–605)

(H) Fail­ure to Reduce Speed.  A vehi­cle shall be dri­ven upon the streets and roads of this Coun­ty at a speed which is rea­son­able and prop­er with regard to traf­fic con­di­tions and the use of the street or roads.  The fact that the vehi­cle does not exceed the applic­a­ble max­i­mum speed lim­it does not relieve the dri­ver of the duty to decrease speed when approach­ing and cross­ing an inter­sec­tion or when spe­cial haz­ard exists with respect to pedes­tri­an or oth­er traf­fic or by rea­son of weath­er or high­way con­di­tions.  Speed must be decreased as may be nec­es­sary to avoid col­lid­ing with any per­son or vehi­cle on or enter­ing the high­way in com­pli­ance with legal require­ments and it is the duty of all per­sons to use due care.

(I) Traf­fic Lane Usage.  When­ev­er any road­way with­in the Coun­ty has been divid­ed into two (2) or more clear­ly marked lanes for traf­fic, a vehi­cle shall be dri­ven as near­ly as prac­ti­ca­ble entire­ly with­in a sin­gle lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the dri­ver has first ascer­tained that such move­ment can be made with safety.

(J)  U‑Turns Pro­hib­it­ed.  No dri­ver of a vehi­cle shall make a “U‑turn” on any street or at any inter­sec­tion of any streets or roads in the County.

(K) Traf­fic Lane.  A vehi­cle shall be dri­ven with­in the bound­aries of the traf­fic lane that the dri­ver is using.

The Illi­nois Vehi­cle Code, Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes, Chap­ter 625, Arti­cle II, enti­tled “Rulesof the Road”, as passed, approved and amend­ed by the Illi­nois Gen­er­al Assem­bly is here­by adopt­ed by the Coun­ty and the pro­vi­sions there­of shall be con­trol­ling with­in the Coun­ty except for the fol­low­ing changes, dele­tions and omissions:

(A) Omis­sions:

  1. Omit Sec­tions 5/11–202, 5/11–204, 5/11–207, 5/11–208, 5/11–208.1, 5/11–208.2, 5/11–209, 5/11–211, 5/11–302, 5/11–303, 5/11–500 to and includ­ing 5/11–504, 5/11–602, 5/11–603, 5/11–604, 5/11–606(b), 5/11–608, 11–1419.02, and 11–1422.

(B) Changes and Additions:

  1. Change 5/11–904(a) to read:  “Pref­er­en­tial right-of-way at an inter­sec­tion may be indi­cat­ed by stop or yield signs as autho­rized by this Code.”
  2. Change 5/11–1416(a) to read: “Any per­son who shall will­ful­ly and unnec­es­sar­i­ly attempt to delay, hin­der or obstruct any oth­er per­son in law­ful­ly dri­ving and trav­el­ing upon or along any high­way with­in this State or who shall offer for barter or sale, mer­chan­dise on said high­way so as to inter­fere with the effec­tive move­ment of traf­fic shall, upon con­vic­tion, be guilty of a vio­la­tion of this Code.”

Appro­pri­ate signs shall be post­ed to show all through, stop and yield right-of-way streets, all one-way streets and alleys and all stop inter­sec­tions. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–304)

The dri­ver of a vehi­cle approach­ing a yield sign, in obe­di­ence to such sign, shall slow down to a speed rea­son­able for the exist­ing con­di­tions and if required for safe­ty to stop, shall stop at a clear­ly marked stop line, but if none, before enter­ing the cross­walk on the near side of the inter­sec­tion or if none, then at the point near­est the inter­sect­ing road­way where the dri­ver has a view of approach­ing traf­fic on the inter­sect­ing road­way.  After slow­ing or stop­ping, the dri­ver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehi­cle in the inter­sec­tion or approach­ing on anoth­er road­way so close­ly as to con­sti­tute an imme­di­ate haz­ard dur­ing the time such dri­ver is mov­ing across or with­in the inter­sec­tion.  Sched­ule “D” shall list all applic­a­ble yield right-of-way inter­sec­tions.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11–302)

The dri­ver of a vehi­cle shall stop in obe­di­ence to a stop sign at an inter­sec­tion where a stop sign is erect­ed pur­suant to ordi­nance at one or more entrances there­to and shall pro­ceed cau­tious­ly, yield­ing to the vehi­cles not so oblig­ed to stop which are with­in the inter­sec­tion or approach­ing so close as to con­sti­tute an imme­di­ate haz­ard, unless traf­fic at such inter­sec­tion is con­trolled by a police offi­cer on duty, in which event, the direc­tions of the police offi­cer shall be com­plied with.  Sched­ule “A” shall list all stop inter­sec­tions. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–302)

It shall be unlaw­ful to oper­ate any vehi­cle on any streets or alleys des­ig­nat­ed as one-way streets or alleys by ordi­nance in any direc­tion oth­er than that so des­ig­nat­ed.  (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–208)

The streets and parts of streets of the Coun­ty des­ig­nat­ed by ordi­nance as “through streets” are here­by declared to be through streets.  The dri­ver of a vehi­cle shall stop at the entrance to a through street and shall yield the right-of-way to oth­er vehi­cles which have entered the inter­sec­tion or which are approach­ing so close on a through street as to con­sti­tute an imme­di­ate haz­ard unless direct­ed oth­er­wise by the traf­fic officer.

It shall be unlaw­ful to main­tain any­where in the Coun­ty any sign, sig­nal, mark­ing or device oth­er than a traf­fic sign or sig­nal autho­rized by the Coun­ty Board or the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, which pur­ports to be or is an imi­ta­tion of or resem­bles an offi­cial traf­f­ic-con­trol device or rail­road sign or sig­nal in view of any street or high­way, and it shall be unlaw­ful to place or main­tain any sign which hides from view any law­ful traf­f­ic-con­trol device.  It shall be unlaw­ful to main­tain or oper­ate any flash­ing or rotat­ing bea­con of light in view of any street or highway.

t shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to deface, injure, move or inter­fere with any offi­cial traf­fic sign or sig­nal.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11–311)

No per­son shall place, main­tain or dis­play upon or in view of any street, any unau­tho­rized sign, sig­nal, mark­ing, light, reflec­tor or device which pur­ports to be or is an imi­ta­tion of or resem­bles an offi­cial traf­f­ic-con­trol device or rail­road sign or sig­nal, or which attempts to direct the move­ment of traf­fic, nor shall any per­son place, main­tain or dis­play upon or in view of any street, any oth­er sign which hides from view or inter­feres with the move­ment of traf­fic or effec­tive­ness of any traf­f­ic-con­trol device or any rail­road sign or sig­nal, and no per­son shall place or main­tain, nor shall any pub­lic author­i­ty per­mit upon any high­way, any traf­fic sign or sig­nal bear­ing there­on any com­mer­cial adver­tis­ing.  No tree, bush or foliage of any kind shall be so placed, main­tained, allowed to remain, or be dis­played upon either pub­lic or pri­vate prop­er­ty in such a man­ner as to hide from view or inter­fere with the move­ment of traf­fic or the effec­tive­ness of any traf­f­ic-con­trol device, sign or sig­nal.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11–310)