Illinois lawmaker proposes to change vehicle code

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois lawmaker is trying to make it more difficult for law enforcement to pull over drivers for speeding or other infractions.

Monday, Illinois Rep. Justin Slaughter introduced House Bill 4603, which would drastically change the Illinois vehicle code.

The bill would not allow law enforcement to pull over drivers that are speeding over 25 mph over the speed limit or the use of any evidence from the traffic stop at trial events, even with the consent of the driver.

“It just makes no sense,” Tom Schmidt, driver, said. “I mean, we have laws, and you need to follow laws.”

Under Illinois law, anyone caught speeding 26 mph over the posted limit is charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Speeding 35 mph over the limit is a Class A misdemeanor.

Under the proposal, no law enforcement officer can stop a vehicle for failure to display registration plates or stickers, operating with an expired registration sticker, excessive tints, defective mirrors or bumpers, or failure to wear a seat belt.

“I am totally against that,” Charlie Wineinger, driver, said. “We need a little more enforcement. Maybe not more laws, but more enforcement.”

So far, this is just a proposal from Slaughter. House Bill 4603 has not been assigned a house reading or state committee review.

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