2020 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 625 - VEHICLES
625 ILCS 60/ - Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Act.

(625 ILCS 60/1)

Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Act.

(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/5)

Sec. 5. Definitions. For purposes of this Act:

"Mobility device" means a support cane, walker, crutches, wheelchair, scooter, or other device, which may be necessary for use by a pedestrian with a disability when traveling.

"Pedestrian with a disability" means a person with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, who may require the use of a mobility device, service animal, or white cane to travel on the streets, sidewalks, highways, walkways, and walking, running, or bicycle paths of this State.

"Service animal" means a service animal as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations (28 CFR 36.104).

"White cane" means a cane that is predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip, that is held in an extended or raised position.

(Source: P.A. 100-76, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/10)

Sec. 10. Rights of pedestrians with disabilities.

(a) A pedestrian with a disability has the same rights as any other pedestrian to equal access and use of the streets, sidewalks, highways, and walkways of this State.

(b) These rights are subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

(c) Any person who denies or interferes with the rights of a pedestrian with a disability under this Act, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of $500 for each violation.

(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/15)

Sec. 15. Mobility device; service animal; white cane.

(a) An operator of a vehicle shall stop the vehicle before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian with a disability who is using a mobility device, accompanied by a visibly identifiable service animal, or carrying or using a white cane, and shall take all precautions that may be necessary to avoid an accident or injury to the pedestrian with a disability. Any vehicle operator who fails to take such precautions shall be liable for damages for any injury caused to the pedestrian with a disability.

(b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to deprive any person with a disability who is not using a mobility device, not accompanied by a visibly identifiable service animal, or not carrying or using a white cane of the rights of other pedestrians, nor shall such an occurrence be conclusively held to constitute evidence of contributory negligence.

(c) Qualified professionals involved in the training of visibly identifiable service animals including training a person with a disability in the use of an animal, orientation and mobility instructors who are providing instruction to persons with disabilities or receiving training to enable them to provide that instruction, or any otherwise qualified person providing instruction to a person with a disability in the proper use of a mobility device or white cane shall be covered by the provisions of this Section.

(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/20)

Sec. 20. Proclamation. Each year, the Governor is authorized and requested to designate and take suitable public notice of Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Day (October 15) and to issue a proclamation which:

  • (1) comments upon the necessity for and significance of the Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Act and discusses the history of laws protecting pedestrians with disabilities;
  • (2) calls upon the citizens of the State to observe the provisions of the Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Act and to take precautions necessary for the safety of pedestrians with disabilities;
  • (3) reminds the citizens of the State of the policies with respect to persons with disabilities and urges all citizens to ensure that the policies are upheld; and
  • (4) emphasizes the need of all citizens to be aware of the presence of persons with disabilities in the community and to keep safe and functional for persons with disabilities the streets, sidewalks, highways, walkways, and walking, running, or bicycle paths of this State.

(Source: P.A. 100-76, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/80)

Sec. 80. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).

(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10; text omitted.)

 

(625 ILCS 60/99)

Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1, 2010.

(Source: P.A. 96-1167, eff. 7-22-10.)

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