Article IV: Driving Rules
24-4-1 ILLINOIS VEHICLE CODE; RULES OF THE ROAD ADOPTED. The Illinois Vehicle Code, Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 95 ½, Section 11 entitled “Rules of the Road,” as passed, approved and amended by the Illinois General Assembly is hereby adopted by the Village and the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the corporate limits of the Village, except for the following changes, deletions and omissions:
(A) Omissions: Omit Section 11-202, 11-204, 11-207, 11-208, 11-208.1, 11-208.2, 11-209, 11-209.1, 11-211, 11-302, 11-303, 11-310(f), 11-313, 11-401 to and including 11-416, 11-500(i), 11-501(c), 11-501.1, the last paragraph beginning with “notwithstanding” and ending with “appropriate;” 11-502, the last sentence beginning with “a”and ending with “offense”, 11-503, 11-504, first paragraph beginning with “any” and ending with “amended”, 11-602, 11-603, 11-604, 11-606(b), 11-608 and 11-1422.
(B) Changes and Additions: Change 11-904 to read: “Preferential right-of-way at an intersection may be indicated by stop or yield signs as authorized by this Code.” Change 11-1204(a) to read: “Preferential right-of-way at an intersection may be indicated by stop signs or yield sings as authorized by this Code.” Change 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 o 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.”
24-4-2 DRIVING RULES.
(A) Careless Driving. It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle in the Village 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 11-504 of the Statutes of the State of Illinois.
(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, the officer giving such signal shall be in police uniform and if driving a vehicle, such vehicle shall be marked showing it to be an official police 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 3/8ths – inch or more than 3/4ths – inch in height, by use of a metal stamp, etching or other permanent means and, except for employees of the Department of Local Authorities, police officers, contractors and their employees engaged in highway construction contract or work on the highway approved by the Department of Local Authorities, it is a violation of this Chapter for any person to possess such sign, signal or marker so identified.
(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 Village and the existence of such signs is conclusive evidence of the maximum speed which can be maintained with safety to such bridge to structure.
(F) General Speed Restrictions. The speed limits on various streets shall be approved by the Village Board, but shall not exceed 20 MPH in a school zone and not to exceed 30 MPH in a residential street; otherwise, 30 MPH on an arterial street, unless otherwise posted and 15 MPH on alleyways.
(G) Special Speed Limit While Passing Schools. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 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 Village or State wherein the school zone is located.
(H) Failure to Reduce Speed. A vehicle shall be driven upon the streets and alleys of this Village at a speed which is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the street or alley. The fact that the vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relive 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 the duty of all persons to use due care.
(I) Traffic Lane Usage. Whenever any roadway within the Village 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.
24-4-3 DUTY TO REPORT ACCIDENT. The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident within the Village shall, without unnecessary delay, notify the Police Department and shall make a report of such action. Failure to report an accident within the Village within 24 Hours shall result in arrests of the persons involved.