Illinois Improper Lane Usage Attorneys
In Illinois, the law says that vehicles are required to be "driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane." In order to legally change lanes the driver must first ascertain that it can be done safely. This law is used rather subjectively and often in conjunction with driving under the influence charges. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we are experienced in dealing with improper lane usage tickets and all types of traffic tickets. We focus on preserving your driving record and preventing a loss of driving privileges.
Improper Lane Usage and DUI Charges
The statute that governs improper lane usage, Illinois Vehicle Code (IVC) 625 ILCS 5/11-709, only states that a vehicle must be driven in a lane "as nearly as practicable." It does not specify strict guidelines as to what that means. Often police officers will use an allegation of improper lane usage in order to pull over a driver suspected of a DUI. In fact, an improper lane change ticket accompanies most DUI charges.
Police officers routinely follow vehicles watching for the tires to drift over the white line. If they do, the car can be pulled over for an improper lane usage violation. The problem with this practice is that the statute does not say that a car cannot go over the white line. A driver is permitted to swerve if there is a road hazard or some other impediment in the roadway so long as the maneuver is done so safely. The subjectivity of this statute makes it possible to challenge the validity of the violation. Our attorneys know how to effectively defend these cases and do so vigorously.
If you have been cited for improper lane usage, we can help you resolve the violation and protect your license. Our Practice serves clients throughout the Cook County and DuPage County including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Contact Us today for a free initial consultation.