Freeport, Illinois — State Representative Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) issued a press release earlier today regarding a bill he sponsored to increase officer safety and save taxpayers money.
The bill, House Bill 4476, would remove the requirement that a person cited under the Illinois Vehicle Code must sign a ticket for a petty offense. State Representative Stewart announced today that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4476.
“The Illinois State Police spends thousands of dollars annually for the paper that is required for an alleged violator’s signature. In 2016, the Illinois State Police issued 151,379 paper citations,” Rep. Stewart explained. “Not only will this produce a cost-savings for the State and Local governments but will increase officer safety by not requiring they get a signature for petty offenses.”
The bill further provides that when an out-of-state resident fails to appear for a court date, the procedure is the same as for an Illinois resident.
Currently the Illinois Vehicle Code requires a person to sign a traffic citation when required by Supreme Court Rule. House Bill 4476 amends this requirement out of the Vehicle Code. The Illinois State Police and the State Police Command Officers Association were proponents of the legislation, which passed the House 109-2. Governor Rauner signed the legislation into law on August 3, 2018.