Improper Traffic Lane Usage

COMMON ILLINOIS TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS – PEORIA LAWYERS WHO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS, LIVELIHOOD, AND DRIVING RECORD

Improper Traffic Lane Usage (625 ILCS 5/11-709)

image001If a police officer accuses you of improper lane usage in the state of Illinois, you may need legal representation.  Improper Lane Usage is a petty offense, punishable up to a $1000 fine in addition to Court Supervision for up to 24 months.

A ticket for Improper Lane Usage often arises from a traffic accident.  Some police departments take the position that if an accident occurs, at least one party to that accident is going to be ticketed for it.  This means that a police officer often makes a determination as to who is at fault immediately at the scene of the accident.  If you are involved in a traffic accident and a police officer tickets you for Improper Lane Usage, that can have serious consequences for your driver’s license and your insurance.

In addition to Improper Lane Usage tickets being used to assign blame for traffic accidents, police officers will use this violation as a way to pull people over, even when there was no threat of an accident occurring.  Usually, this happens as a result of a DUI enforcement patrol.  Police are trained to view “weaving” (either within a lane or between lanes) as an indicator of alcohol impairment.  While the Improper Lane Usage ticket in these cases may not be able to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the State’s Attorney if the lane changes were not unsafe, the DUI that results may still be valid, and you will need an attorney to review your case.  If you are ticketed for Improper Lane Usage for what the police tell you was “weaving”, but do not get charged with DUI, you will want an attorney to challenge the Improper Lane Usage ticket.

To avoid being ticketed for improper lane usage, always check the lanes around you, both directly and in your rearview and side mirrors.  Also, always use your turn signal before changing lanes of travel and obey all signs that prohibit passing and other lane changes.  However, if you are ticketed for improper lane usage, contact the lawyers at Hall, Rustom, and Fritz for a consultation on your case.

RESPONSIVE, CAPABLE AND ATTENTIVE LEGAL ADVICE.  PEORIA LAWYERS WHO CARE ABOUT THE RESULTS WE OBTAIN FOR OUR CLIENTS.  WE MAKE OUR CASES PERSONAL. 

Below is the precise statute published in the Illinois Compiled Statutes.  If you are cited for this violation, email Jeff Hall at jhall@hallrustomfritz.com

(625 ILCS 5/11-709) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-709)

Sec. 11-709. Driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Whenever any roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply.

  1. A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
  2. Upon a roadway which is divided into 3 lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction when such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for making a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the same direction that the vehicle is proceeding and such allocation is designated by official traffic control devices.
  3. Official traffic control devices may be erected directing specific traffic to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device. On multi-lane controlled access highways with 3 or more lanes in one direction or on any multi-laned highway with 2 or more lanes in one direction, the Department may designate lanes of traffic to be used by different types of motor vehicles. Drivers must obey lane designation signing except when it is necessary to use a different lane to make a turning maneuver.
  4.  Official traffic control devices may be installed prohibiting the changing of lanes on sections of roadway and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device.

(Source: P.A. 84-1311.)

CALL THE LAWYERS AT HALL, RUSTOM & FRITZ LLC TO GET LEGAL REPRESENTATION IF YOU ARE ARRESTED FOR ANY TRAFFIC OFFENSE IN ILLINOIS SO WE CAN PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS.

We’re here to help you in your time of need.  Contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation.  You will receive experienced, hard-working, no-nonsense, affordable Peoria area TRAFFIC lawyers for your case.

Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC – Concentrating in protecting our clients.

HALL, RUSTOM & FRITZ LLC, 432 N MAIN ST., EAST PEORIA, IL 61611

The attorneys at Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC represent clients throughout the entire state of Illinois, including, but not limited to, the cities of Peoria, Morton, Washington, Pekin, Eureka, East Peoria, Dunlap, Metamora, Bartonville, Bloomington, Normal and any legal matter located in Peoria County, Tazewell County, Woodford County, Marshall County, Stark County, Henry County, Knox County and McLean County.

If you are ticketed for Improper Lane Usage, it is strongly recommended you contact an experienced traffic attorney to represent you. Attorney Jeff Hall is a former chief traffic prosecutor in Central Illinois and he can assist you. Email Jeff at jhall@hallrustomfritz.com.