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Changes in state law regarding pedestrian crossings may still be confusing for motorists and pedestrians. As of July 22, 2010, state law changed regarding pedestrians in crosswalks making it mandatory for all drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks regardless of whether or not there are traffic signals/stop signs present at the crosswalk. Previous law only required drivers to yield to pedestrians and stop when necessary. The purpose of the law is to ensure the safety for all road users including bicyclists and pedestrians.
Libertyville motorists need to pay special attention to the pedestrian crossings without traffic lights or stop signs throughout the Village.
Vehicles must stop for pedestrians within a crosswalk that are in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle or when a pedestrian is approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger.
Pedestrians may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close to constitute an immediate hazard.
Vehicles must stop for crossing pedestrians at plainly marked crosswalks and at intersections where stop signs or flashing red signals are in palce.
Pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
When traffic control devices are in operation, pedestrians may only cross between two adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk and may only cross an intersection diagonally if authorized by a traffic control device.
Pedestrians with disabilities may cross a roadway outside a marked crosswalk where the intersection is physically inaccessible to them, provided that such pedestrians yield the right of way to all vehicles on the roadway.
If any vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the road, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear should not pass the stopped vehicle.
The new pedestrian crossing signs shall have a small "stop sign" represented on the sign that may cause some unfamiliar motorists to stop regardless whether or not there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The law is very clear, motorists must only stop when there are pedestrians present; if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk there is absolutely no need for a motorist to stop at these pedestrian crossings.
Keeping these rules in mind, motorists must still be careful to avoid colliding with a pedestrian under all circumstances. Parents are encouraged to review the pedestrian rules with their children and all are reminded to avoid being distracted by the use of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, whether a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist.
Illinois Compiled Statutes
The State Law as written in the Illinois Compiled Statutes:
(625 ILCS 5/11-1002) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1002) Sec. 11-1002. Pedestrians' right-of-way at crosswalks.
(a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(c) Paragraph (a) shall not apply under the condition stated in Section 11-1003(b).
(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
(e) Whenever stop signs or flashing red signals are in place at an intersection or at a plainly marked crosswalk between intersections, drivers shall yield right-of-way to pedestrians as set forth in Section 11-904 of this Chapter.
(Source: P.A. 96-1165, eff. 7-22-10.)