Governorâ€™s signature provides pedestrian safety in Illinois
Drivers in Illinois are now required to come to a complete stop for all pedestrians in crosswalks, thanks to Gov. Pat Quinnâ€™s signature on Illinois House Bill 43.
The measure, championed by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Luis Arroyo, requires drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks â€“ even those that are unmarked or donâ€™t have a stop sign or traffic light.
The law is effective immediately. Penalties vary by county.
This measure clarifies driver responsibility and makes it easier for police to enforce the law. Until now, Illinois law required drivers to yield and stop only when necessary. That language has lead to confusion among drivers and pedestrians, and itâ€™s made enforcement difficult.
â€œWe applaud the governor and the Illinois Assembly for making pedestrian safety a priority in this state,â€ said Melody Geraci, livable communities where we live, work and play.â€of the Active Transportation Alliance. â€œOur streets ought to be safe spaces for families, children and neighbors. This law helps to ensure walkable and
Illinois joins dozens of states with similar laws, including California and Massachusetts.
More than 6,000 pedestrians are hit by cars in Illinois each year, according to the . These crashes result in more than 1,000 serious injuries and 170 fatalities annually.
The Active Transportation Alliance â€“ Chicagolandâ€™s voice for better biking, walking and transitÂ â€“ worked for nearly two years earning support for this important measure. Key supporters of the effort included groupâ€™s members, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Metropolitan Planning Council. And student advocates from Chicagoâ€™s performed crucial outreach to legislators to help secure the billâ€™s passage.
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North Americaâ€™s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call .that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a