Jun 272012

Reckless Driving Memorial Program

Illinois has legally mandated program in which the family of a crash victim may request a blue marker that says “Reckless Driving Costs Lives” to be posted at the site of a fatal crashes caused by reckless driving.   The markers may commemorate:

…one or more persons who died as a proximate result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide in violation of Section 9-3 or 9-3.2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or who otherwise caused the death of one or more persons through the operation of a motor vehicle.

Relatives are not to place other items at the crash site, but that doesn’t stop friends from doing so.

Police have to report door zone incidents

As of 2011, Illinois is now required to keep track of crashes between cyclists and opening car doors.  This is from the Illinois Bike Attorneys website:

Under a change ordered by Governor Pat Quinn, police departments across the state are now required to record dooring accidents on Illinois crash forms.  Through those forms, dooring data will now be incorporated into annual traffic accident summaries compiled by IDOT.

Illinois law 625 ILCS 5/11-1407 states:

No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic…

To make a difference I think the law needs to be accompanied by a public education campaign.

Three-foot Law

Illinois’ three-foot law is stronger than Maryland’s, since it has no “unless you can’t” clause.

625 ILCS 5/11-703 (d) The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual.

625 ILCS 5/11-703 (e) A person driving a motor vehicle shall not, in a reckless manner, drive the motor vehicle unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist, pedestrian, or a person riding a horse or driving an animal drawn vehicle.

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