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ILLINOISIllinois law prohibits drivers from text messaging while driving and bans cell phone use in construction and school zones.Rules Roadof theJesse WhiteSecretary of StateIllinois Rules of the Road 2011Illinois highways are the safest they have been in 50 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities in motor vehicle crashes have dropped 13 percent across the state and alcoholrelated crashes are down 10 percent. While these numbers are

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<p>Printed by authority of the State of Illinois. January 2015 DSD A 112.24ILLINOIS2015ROADOF THERULESITS ILLEGAL IN ILLINOIS TOTEXT OR USE A CELLPHONEWHILE DRIVING.**USE OF BLUETOOTH AND HANDS-FREE DEVICES IS PERMITTED FOR DRIVERS AGE 19 YEARS AND OLDER.DSD A 112 ROR cover2015b.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:20 PMPage 1Illinoiscontinuestobeanationalleaderintrafficsafety.Overthelastdecade,trafficfatalitiesinourstatehavedeclinedsignifi-cantly. This is due in large part to innovativeeffortstocombatdrunkanddistracteddriv-ing,aswellastougherguidelinesfornewteendrivers.ThedrivingpublicsincreasedawarenessandavoidanceofhazardousdrivingbehaviorswillbecriticalforIllinoisto see a further decline in traffic fatalities.Illinoislawprohibitstheuseofcellphoneswhiledrivingwiththeexception of using hands-free or Bluetooth technology. Drivers underage 19, however, are prohibited from any cellphone usage, includinghands-free devices.Inaddition,withnewlawsconcerningmedicalcannabis(marijuana)being implemented in Illinois, it is important to note that the laws per-taining to drinking and driving similarly pertain to driving while impairedby marijuana. A new section on these measures is on page 42.As technology advances, my office continues to offer Illinoisans moreways to access Secretary of State services. Hundreds of thousands ofdriversandregisteredvehicleownershaveutilizedmyofficesweb-siteatwww.cyberdriveillinois.comtorenewadriverslicenseandlicense plates, register on the Emergency Contact Database or join theIllinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.AsSecretaryofState,Iwillcontinuetomaintainthehigheststan-dards when it comes to traffic safety and public service in Illinois.Jesse White Secretary of State Illinois Rules of the Road 2015DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 11Table of ContentsChapter 1: Illinois Drivers License................................................................................2Chapter 2: Drivers License Exams ..............................................................................11Chapter 3: Drivers Under Age 21 ................................................................................14Chapter 4: Traffic Laws................................................................................................19Chapter 5: Sharing the Road ......................................................................................35Chapter 6: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ............................................................42Chapter 7: Traffic Violations/Crashes ........................................................................48Chapter 8: Drivers License Revocation, Suspension, Denial, Cancellation ..............51Chapter 9: Roadway Signs ..........................................................................................56Chapter 10: Traffic Signals and Pavement Markings ................................................70Chapter 11: Safe Driving Tips......................................................................................76Chapter 12: Equipment for Safe Driving ....................................................................85Chapter 13: Owning a Vehicle ....................................................................................88Answers to Study Questions ......................................................................................93Index ............................................................................................................................93U.S. Department of Labor Hazardous Occupations Order #2 ....................................96This edition of the Illinois Rules of the Road is as accurate as possible at the time ofpublication. The booklet contains information you must know to pass the written teston traffic laws and signs in order to obtain basic driving privileges. It includes infor-mation on obtaining a drivers license, drivers license laws, traffic safety issues andgeneral information regarding Illinois traffic laws and ordinances. ThelanguageoftheIllinoisCompiledStatutes iscondensedandparaphrasedanddoes not cover every law or explain every possible situation that motorists may facewhile operating a motor vehicle. The manual also provides highway safety informationnot in the law. It is intended as a tool for drivers and should not be cited as a legalauthority in court. Additional information and many forms are available at www.cyber-driveillinois.com. DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 1Chapter 1:Illinois Drivers LicenseTo drive legally in Illinois, you must have a valid Illinois drivers license, temporary vis-itor drivers license, probationary license, instruction permit, Restricted Driving Permitor Monitoring Device Driving Permit. To receive a drivers license, you must: VisitaDriverServicesfacility,showrequiredidentificationdocumentsandhaveyour photo taken. Surrender all Illinois or out-of-state licenses, state ID cards, instruction permits andcommercial drivers licenses. Pay the appropriate fee. Pass the appropriate exams (vision screening, written and/or driving). Age Restrictions Drivers 16-21You must be at least age 18 to obtain an Illinois drivers license. The following excep-tions apply: If you are age 16 or 17, you may receive your license if you successfully complete astate-approved driver education course, complete 50 hours of practice driving andpassthethreepartsofthedriverslicenseexam.Ifaparentcannotaccompanyaminortothefacility,anAffidavit/ConsentforMinortoDrivemustbesignedbyalegalguardianoraresponsibleadultoverage21.Formoreinformationaboutobtaining a drivers license before age 18, see page 14. If you are a first-time drivers license applicant age 18, 19 or 20 who has never beenlicensed or completed an approved high school or commercial school driver educa-tioncourse,youmustsuccessfullycompleteasix-houradultdrivereducationcourse through a Secretary of State certified adult driver education provider beforeobtaining a license. Drivers under age 21 are not allowed to drive any vehicle for-hire that is transportingmore than 10 passengers, or drive a commuter van, religious organization bus, schoolbus, vehicle transporting senior citizens or child-care vehicle. Additional Requirements You are required to carry your drivers license or permit with you when you drive. For procedures on obtaining a license to operate a motorcycle or commercial vehicle,please refer to the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, the Rules of the Road forNon-CDL Vehiclesor the Commercial Drivers License Study Guide, available at anySecretary of State facility or at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. For procedures on obtaining a temporary visitor drivers license, please refer to theTemporary Visitor Drivers License Quick Guide available at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. A driver must meet special requirements to operate a school bus (contact your localschooldistrict);religiousorganizationbus;child-carevehicle;vehicleusedinfor-profitridesharing;orvehicleusedforseniorcitizentransportation.Pleasecheck2DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 23with your employer, a local Driver Services facility or call the Safe Ride Section ofthe Secretary of States office.ExemptionsYou may drive in Illinois without a valid Illinois drivers license under the following cir-cumstances: IfyouhavepermanentlymovedtoIllinoisfromanotherstateorcountry,yournon-Illinois drivers license is valid for 90 days. You must obtain an Illinois license withinthat 90-day period or when the drivers license expires, whichever comes first. If you are visiting or driving through Illinois, you must have a valid drivers licensefrom your home state or country. Ifyouareanout-of-statestudentattendinganIllinoiscollege/university,you,yourspouse and children may drive with a valid license from your home state or country. If you are on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces, you, your spouse and childrenmay drive with a valid license from your home state. If you have been serving in the U.S. Armed Forces outside the United States but arealegalresidentofIllinois,youmaydriveduringthefirst120daysofyourreturnwith a military deferral license. IfyouareemployedbytheU.S.governmentorareamemberoftheU.S.ArmedForces,youdonotneedavalidIllinoislicenseifyouareonofficialbusinessanddriving a vehicle owned by or leased to the government. If you are operating a road machine temporarily on the roadway or operating a farmtractorbetweenthefarmbuildingsandnearbyfarmland,youdonotneedavalidIllinois drivers license. Changing Your Name/Address You must apply for a new drivers license by visiting a Driver Services facility within30daysoflegallychangingyourname.Youmustprovidedocumentationthatlinksyour new name to the name on your current drivers license card and on file with theSecretaryofStatesoffice.Thenamedisplayedonyourdriverslicensewillbeyourfull given name and surname as recorded at birth, recorded at marriage, recorded withthe Social Security Administration or otherwise established through legal action. Theappropriate fee must be paid to receive a new license and/or ID card. You must notify the Secretary of States office of an address change within 10 days ofyour move by visiting a Driver Services facility; visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com; orwriting to: Secretary of State, Driver Services Department, Address Change, 2701 S.Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL 62723. Youwillnotreceiveanewlicensereflectingtheaddresschangeunlessyouvisitafacility, present acceptable forms of proof of residency (see page 6) and pay the appro-priate fee.DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 34CDLholdersmustnotifytheSecretaryofStatesofficewithin10daysofaname/address change and must obtain a corrected drivers license within 30 days of a name/address change. Note: Driver Services facilities are closed on all state and federal holidays. Please checkthe hours of your facility before visiting. Facility phone numbers are available in the gov-ernment listings in your telephone directory or at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Document/ID Requirements for Drivers License/ID CardToreceiveanIllinoisdriverslicense/IDcard,youmustprovideacceptableformsofidentification to prove your legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, residen-cyandsignature.PleaserefertotheAcceptableIdentificationDocumentschartonpage 6 for a list of documents that may be used. Please note the following: Signature comparison is required in the verification process. The number of documents required depends on whether an applicant is applying foradriverslicense/IDcardforthefirsttime,orrequestingaduplicateorcorrecteddrivers license/ID card. One document may satisfy more than one group. NewresidentsmustsurrenderallIllinoisorout-of-statelicenses/IDcardsand/orinstruction permits prior to issuance of an Illinois drivers license/ID card. AnapplicantapplyingforatemporaryvisitordriverslicenseshouldrefertotheTemporary Visitor Drivers License Quick Guide for document requirements.First-time Illinois Drivers License/ID Card ApplicantAn applicant applying for a drivers license/ID card for the first time in Illinois must present: One document that satisfies each of Group A, B and C. Two documents that satisfy Group D (one document from Group D if applicant underage 5 is applying for an ID card).Duplicate/Corrected Drivers License/ID Card ApplicantAn applicant applying for either a duplicate or corrected drivers license/ID card mustpresent: One document that satisfies Group A. One document that satisfies Group B, C or D (two documents from Group D if appli-cant is requesting an address change to appear on the document, unless applicantunder age 5 is applying for an ID card). An applicant who requests a change in name, date of birth, Social Security numberor gender must provide identification to link the change from the previous informa-tion to the new information. An applicant under age 60 whose license was stolen must present a police reportto receive a duplicate drivers license/ID card at no cost. Persons over age 60 do notneed a police report for a duplicate drivers license/ID card at no cost.DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 4Illinois Drivers License/ID Card Renewal ApplicantAn applicant renewing a current Illinois drivers license or ID card need only presenthis/her current valid drivers license or ID card if no changes are required. If the appli-cant does not have his/her current drivers license or ID card or changes are required,he/she must present: One document that satisfies Group A. One document that satisfies each of Group B, C or D (two documents from Group Dif applicant is requesting an address change to appear on the document).Drivers License ClassificationsDrivers licenses are classified by the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your vehicle.Drivers seeking a basic license to operate a car in Illinois are issued a Class D license. Class A Any combination of motor vehicles with a gross combined weight rating(GCWR)of26,001poundsormore,providingthatthevehiclebeingtowedisinexcess of 10,000 pounds. Does not include motorcycles or motor-driven cycles. (ACDL is generally required.) Class B Any single motor vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more or anysuchvehicletowinganothernotinexcessof10,000pounds.Doesnotincludemotorcycles or motor-driven cycles. (A CDL is generally required.) Class C Any motor vehicle with a GVWR of more than 16,000 pounds but lessthan26,001pounds;oranysuchvehicletowinganotherwithaGVWRof10,000pounds or less; or any such vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers, includ-ingthedriver,orhazardousmaterialsthatrequireplacarding.Doesnotincludemotorcycles or motor-driven cycles. Class D Any motor vehicle with a GVWR of 16,000 pounds or less, except thosevehicles requiring a Class A, B or C drivers license or an L or M motorcycle license. Class L Any motor-driven cycle with less than 150cc displacement. Class M Any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle. NOTE:HoldersofaClassDlicensemayalsooperaterentalvehiclesupto26,000pounds when transporting their own personal property or that of an immediate familymember for non-business purposes within the State of Illinois. The driver is requiredand should be provided information to successfully complete a safety course regardingthe safe operation of that vehicle from the rental company.Certain licenses can be issued under special circumstances: Probationary License Issued in conjunction with a driver improvement activitythat grants full driving privileges during a period of suspension for drivers age 21and over. The license may only be issued to a person suspended for three movingviolations in a 12-month period and cannot be issued for more than three months. RestrictedLocalDriversLicense Issuedtodriverswholiveincommunitieswith less than 3,500 residents and drive only within certain areas of the community.5DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 56DSD A 112.24 ILROR.qxp_Layout 12/4/151:18 PMPage 67Drivers License RenewalAbout90daysbeforeyourdriverslice...</p>