TITLE 6
MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
CHAPTER 1
GENERAL TRAFFIC PROVISIONS 1
SECTION:
6-1-1: Definitions
6-1-2: Illinois Vehicle Code Adopted
6-1-3: Speed Limit
6-1-4: Obedience To Police
6-1-5: Scene Of Fire
6-1-6: Signs And Signals
6-1-7: Animals Or Bicycles
6-1-8: Exemptions
6-1-9: Drivers
6-1-10: Penalty
6-1-1: DEFINITIONS:
Whenever in this Title the following terms are used, they shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this Section:
ALLEY: A public way within a block, generally giving access to the rear of lots or buildings, and not used for general traffic circulation.
BICYCLE: Every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices.
CROSSWALK: A. That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway, and in the absence of a sidewalk on one side of the highway, that part of the highway included within the extension of the lateral line of the existing sidewalk to the side of the highway without the sidewalk, with such extension forming a right angle to the center line of the highway;
   B.   Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface placed in accordance with the provisions in the manual adopted by the Department of Transportation.
DRIVER: Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
EMERGENCY VEHICLE: Police vehicles, vehicles of Fire Department, ambulances, vehicles carrying a State, County or Municipal officer or employee in response to an emergency call, and emergency vehicles of public service corporations on emergency call.
INTERSECTION: A. The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different roadways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.
   B.   Where a highway includes two (2) roadways forty feet (40') or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
   C.   The junction of an alley with a street or highway does not constitute an intersection.
METAL TIRES: Every tire the surface of which in contact with the roadway is wholly or partially of metal or other hard, nonresilient material.
MOTOR VEHICLE: Every vehicle which is self-propelled.
MOTORCYCLE: Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
PARK: To stand a vehicle whether occupied or not, for a period of time greater than is reasonably necessary for the actual loading or unloading of persons.
PEDESTRIAN: Any person afoot.
PNEUMATIC TIRES: Every tire in which compressed air is designed to support the load.
PROPERTY LINE: The line making the boundary between any street and the lots or property abutting thereto.
PUBLIC BUILDING: A building used by the City, the County, any park district, school district, the State, or the United States government.
RIGHT OF WAY: The privilege of the immediate use of the roadway.
ROAD TRACTOR: Every motor vehicle designed and used for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.
SAFETY ZONE: The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
SCHOOL BUS: Every motor vehicle of the second division operated by or for a public or governmental agency or by or for a private or religious organization solely for the transportation of pupils in connection with school activities.
SEMI-TRAILER: Every vehicle without motive power designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.
SIDEWALK: That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians.
SOLID TIRE: Every tire of rubber or other resilient material which does not depend upon compressed air for the support of the load.
STREET OR HIGHWAY: The entire width between property lines or every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter or right, for the purpose of vehicular traffic.
TRAFFIC: Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles and other conveyances whether singly or together while using any highway for the purpose of travel.
TRAILER: Every vehicle without motive power designed for carrying passengers or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.
TRUCK TRACTOR: Every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.
URBAN DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including any street which is built up with structures devoted to business, industry or dwelling houses situated at intervals of less than one hundred feet (100') for a distance of a quarter (1/4) mile or more.
VEHICLE: Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway except devices moved by human power.
YIELD RIGHT OF WAY: When required by an official sign, means the act of granting the privilege of the immediate use of the intersecting roadway to traffic within the intersection and to vehicles approaching from the right or left; provided, that when the roadway is clear the vehicle may proceed into the intersection. (1998 Code)
6-1-2: ILLINOIS VEHICLE CODE ADOPTED:
In order to establish rules and regulations for the movement of traffic in and about the Village, the Village Board does hereby adopt the provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code as presented in 625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 and as hereafter amended. (1998 Code)
6-1-3: SPEED LIMIT:
It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle on any street in the Village, not under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois or Henry County, at a speed in excess of twenty five (25) miles per hour. (1998 Code)
6-1-4: OBEDIENCE TO POLICE:
Members of the Police Department, and special police assigned to traffic duty, are hereby authorized to direct all traffic in accordance with the provisions of this Title, or in emergencies as public safety or convenience may require, and it shall be unlawful for any person to fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of a policeman. Except in case of emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person not authorized by law to direct or attempt to direct traffic 2 . (1998 Code)
6-1-5: SCENE OF FIRE:
The Fire Department officer in command, or any fireman designated by such Fire Department officer, may exercise the powers and authority of a policeman in directing traffic at the scene of any fire or where the Fire Department has responded to an emergency call for so long as Fire Department equipment is on the scene in the absence of or in assisting the police. (1998 Code)
6-1-6: SIGNS AND SIGNALS:
   A.   Obedience To: It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to disobey the instructions of any traffic sign or signal placed in view by authority of the Mayor and City Council or in accordance with the laws of the State, excepting on direction of a police officer. All signs and signals established by direction of the governing body shall conform to the State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
   B.   Unauthorized Signs: No person shall place, maintain or display upon or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking 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 highway 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 control device or railroad sign or signal bearing thereon any commercial advertising 3 .
   C.   Interference With Signals Or Signs: It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, injure, move or interfere with any official traffic sign or signal 4 . (1998 Code)
6-1-7: ANIMALS OR BICYCLES:
Every person riding a bicycle or an animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon any street, shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions which can have no application to one riding a bicycle or driving or riding animals; provided, that, except in business districts, bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks 5 . (1998 Code)
6-1-8: EXEMPTIONS:
   A.   Emergency Vehicles: The provisions of this Title regulating the movement or parking of vehicles shall not apply to the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle when responding to an emergency call, but such driver, upon approaching a red or stop signal or any stop sign, shall slow down as necessary for safety but may proceed cautiously past such red or stop sign or signal. At other times drivers of authorized emergency vehicles shall stop in obedience to a stop sign or signal.
   B.   Assumption Of Special Privileges: No driver of any authorized emergency vehicle shall assume any special privileges under the Act except when such vehicle is operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.
   C.   Street Improvements: The provisions of this Title regulating the movement and parking of vehicles shall not apply to equipment or vehicles while actively engaged in installing, repairing, or otherwise improving streets or street pavement. (1998 Code)
6-1-9: DRIVERS:
   A.   Liquor Or Drugs: It shall be unlawful for the habitual user of narcotic drugs to operate any motor vehicle on any street; and it shall be unlawful for any intoxicated person, or any person under the influence of alcohol or of a narcotic drug, to operate or attempt to operate any motor vehicle on any street 6 .
   B.   Accidents: The driver of a vehicle which has collided with, or been in an accident with any vehicle, person or property in such a manner as to cause injury or damage, shall stop immediately, and render such assistance as may be possible, and to give his/her true name and residence to the injured person or any other persons requesting the same on behalf of the injured person, or to the owner of the property damaged, and to a policeman, if one is present. A report of each such accident shall be given by the driver of each vehicle concerned in it to the Chief of Police within twenty four (24) hours after the accident 7 . (1998 Code)
6-1-10: PENALTY:
   A.   Bail, Arrest Ticket: Any person arrested for a violation of any provision of this Title regulating traffic, with the exception of those provisions concerning parking, shall be released from custody upon posting bail, as may be required by statute or by order of the Court of the Fourteenth Judicial District. Excepting those provisions hereof concerning parking, all persons arrested shall be supplied with a copy of a uniform arrest ticket advising such arrested party of the charge against him/her.
   B.   Fine, General: Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this Title, with the exception of those provisions regarding parking violations, shall be subject to penalty as provided in Section 1-4-1 of this Code. (1998 Code)

 

Notes

1
1. 65 ILCS 5/11-80-2.
2
1. 625 ILCS 5/11-203.
3
1. 625 ILCS 5/11-310.
4
2. 625 ILCS 5/11-311.
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3. 625 ILCS 5/11-206.
6
1. 625 ILCS 5/11-501.
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2. 625 ILCS 5/11-401.