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.
(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.
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.
(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) 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:
shall be subject to a mandatory fine of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00); and
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:
a report of vehicle theft was filed with respect to the vehicle; or
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:
The law enforcement agency having jurisdiction will authorize the disposal of the vehicle as junk or salvage.
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 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 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.
(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:
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:
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.”
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.”
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.
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)