It will be a little more expensive to fish next year in
Illinois, and you will have to turn on your vehicle's headlights
when you turn on the windshield wipers.
Those are just a couple of the changes in life caused by two of
the nearly 280 new state laws going into effect on Saturday.
Most of the new rules are products of the Legislature's spring
session that were signed into law by Gov. Jim Edgar.
Under one of the new laws, when motorists use their windshield
wipers any time during rain, snow, fog or other poor weather
conditions, they must turn on their vehicle headlights. Motorists
not complying could face a $75 fine. Some law enforcement officials
supported the legislation as a safety precaution.
Another automobile law going into effect Saturday will make
Illinois' mandatory auto insurance law permanent.
The insurance statute was implemented on a four-year trial
basis in 1990. It was set to expire at the end of 1993, but the
General Assembly approved a bill making the program permanent. The
new law also toughens penalties for individuals who violate the
measure - doubling the reinstatement fee for first-time offenders
to $100 from $50.
It will allow the chief circuit court judge to designate a
court officer to determine whether a vehicle was properly insured
at the time a ticket was written. When the General Assembly
approved the measure, legislators said the provision would save
unnecessary court hearings and also the time of the driver.
In some of the other new laws:
The secretary of state's office will be authorized to suspend a
driving privileges of motorists under the age of 21 who are
convicted of illegally transporting alcohol.
Administrative hearing officers in the secretary of state's
office may require the use of an interlock device as a condition in
granting a restricted driving permit to repeat DUI offenders. Only
someone with alcohol-free breath can start a vehicle equipped with
an interlock device.
The secretary of state also will be empowered to refuse issuing
a driver's license or permit of a person who has failed to submit
to a required alcohol or drug evaluation report.
An administrative order by Secretary of State George H. Ryan
for new state driver's licenses will take effect Saturday. The new
licenses are designed to cut down on counterfeit driver's licenses.
They will feature a double-sized hologram positioned over the most
sensitive information - the photo, the date of birth, the class of
license and Social Security number. Attempts to alter any of that
information will destroy the hologram and make tampering easy to
Illinois fishing licenses do not expire until March 31, but
under a new law the Department of Conservation will be able to
increase the fees to $12.50 from $7 in 1994.
The new law also allows the Department of Conservation to
increase other user fees. …