New Illinois law could save drivers from posting licenses

Illinois drivers will no longer have to post a valid driver’s license as security for certain traffic citations under legislation recently signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The legislation, Public Act 098-0870, will affect those who receive personal issue citations for petty traffic offenses. It will allow licensed Illinois drivers and out of state drivers (if their state belongs to an interstate driver’s license compact, an interstate compact) to sign a promise to follow the terms of the citation for certain minor traffic offenses.

It would not apply in some other cases, such as failing to have valid insurance, said Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott. Previously, drivers who received these citations would have to post a driver’s license, cash bond or bond card, he said.

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