Updated: September, 2017Summary of common traffic laws in Illinois – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the Illinois Division of Traffic Safety website.
In Illinois, the maximum speed limit for cars is 70 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 70 mph. Speed limits vary by state and, in some cases, county-by-county. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
Illinois allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 15. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 9 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License allows you to drive yourself without a qualified co-pilot in the car. However, driving restrictions still apply including the time-of-day you can drive and the maximum number of passengers allowed.
In Illinois, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 18.
Illinois requires you to renew your license every 4 years. If you are over a certain age, additional license renewal rules apply:
The state of Illinois enforces increased penalties for speeding violations within work zones. These increased penalties are known as Work Zone Enhancements. Work Zone Enhancements can be enforced even if workers are not present as long as road work signs are posted. In Illinois, Work Zone Enhacements are:
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. Driving while above the legal limit is called Driving Under the Influence. Driving while above certain BAC is called Driving while intoxicated and carries a heavier penalty. In Illinois, driving with a BAC above 0.16% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Most states do not allow cellphone use while driving. In Illinois, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are banned for all drivers, regardless of age. Handheld devices bans prohibit talking on the phone without a hands-free system.
Texting while driving is banned in Illinois. Texting while driving is concidered a primary offense. This means that you can be pulled over with texting as the only offense. In Illinois, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
Illinois requires seabelt use. Seatbelt enforcement is concidered primary, meaning you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The fine for a seatbelt law violation in Illinois is $25.00. Safety belt laws very state-by-state. Consult your states Department of Transportation for specific seatbelt use laws.