Posted on April 29, 2010 4:33 AM
Safety bill passes Illinois General Assembly
Both the Illinois House and Senate have passed Bill 2951, which now requires signature by the Governor in order to become law. This bill amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to make it a Class A misdemeanor for a driver to steer unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist, pedestrian, or person riding a horse, meaning the infraction is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. If crowding or threatening any such person "results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement," the driver shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony. It is already illegal in Illinois for a driver to pass a cyclist with less than three feet clearance space between the motor vehicle and the bicyclist.