Village of Coal City, IL
Grundy County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Coal City as §§ 74.1 through 74.99 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16 to repeal former Art. II, Size, Weight and Load, §§ 75-35 through 75-41.
It is unlawful for any person to drive or move or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved on any highway any vehicle which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which is in violation of any provisions of this Title VII or any laws of the state. (ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-101)
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
When operated upon any highway in this state, every motorcycle shall at all times exhibit at least one lighted lamp, showing a white light visible for at least 500 feet in the direction the motorcycle is proceeding. However, in lieu of such lighted lamp, a motorcycle may be equipped with and use a means of modulating the upper beam of the head lamp between high and a lower brightness. No such head lamp shall be modulated, except to otherwise comply with this code, during times when lighted lamps are required for other motor vehicles.
B. 
All other motor vehicles shall exhibit at least two lighted head lamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, which satisfy United States Department of Transportation requirements, showing white lights, including that emitted by high-intensity-discharge (HID) lamps, or lights of a yellow or amber tint, during the period from sunset to sunrise, at times when rain, snow, fog, or other atmospheric conditions require the use of windshield wipers, and at any other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet. Parking lamps may be used in addition to but not in lieu of such head lamps. Every motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer shall also exhibit at least two lighted lamps, commonly known as "tail lamps," which shall be mounted on the left rear and right rear of the vehicle so as to throw a red light visible for at least 500 feet in the reverse direction, except that a truck tractor or road tractor manufactured before January 1, 1968, and all motorcycles need be equipped with only one such tail lamp.
Either a tail lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light a rear registration plate when required and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear. Any tail lamp, together with any separate lamp for illuminating a rear registration plate, shall be wired to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted. [ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-201(c)]
Whenever the load upon any vehicle extends to the rear four feet or more beyond the bed or body of the vehicle, there shall be displayed at the extreme rear of the load at the times specified in this chapter a red light or lantern plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the sides and rear. The red light or lantern required under this section shall be in addition to the red rear light required upon every vehicle. At any other time, there shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of the load a red flag or cloth not less than 12 inches square. (ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-204)
It shall be unlawful to operate or park on any street any vehicle not equipped with lights conforming to the requirement of state law, provided that vehicles may be parked at nighttime without lights on any street or portion thereof designated by ordinance as a place where vehicles may be so parked at nighttime.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed one spot lamp. Every lighted spot lamp shall be so aimed and used upon approaching another vehicle that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam will be directed to the left of the prolongation of the extreme left side of the vehicle, nor more than 100 feet ahead of the vehicle. (ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-207)
A. 
Lamps required; exception.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
(1) 
Every vehicle, other than an antique vehicle displaying an antique plate or an expanded-use antique vehicle displaying expanded-use antique vehicle plates, operated in this Village shall be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red or amber light visible from a distance of not less than 500 feet to the rear in normal sunlight, and which shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake, and which may, but need not be, incorporated with other rear lamps. During times when lighted lamps are not required, an antique vehicle or an expanded-use antique vehicle may be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of such vehicle of the same type originally installed by the manufacturer as original equipment and in working order. However, at all other times, except as provided in Subsection A(2) below, such antique vehicle or an expanded-use antique vehicle must be equipped with stop lamps meeting the requirements of this chapter.
(2) 
An antique vehicle or an expanded-use antique vehicle, including an antique motorcycle, may display a blue light or lights of up to one inch in diameter as part of the vehicle's rear stop lamp or lamps.
B. 
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with an electric turn signal device which shall indicate the intention of the driver to turn to the right or to the left in the form of flashing lights located at and showing to the front and rear of the vehicle on the side of the vehicle toward which the turn is to be made. The lamp showing to the front shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable and, when signaling, shall emit a white or amber light, or any shade of light between white and amber. The lamp showing to the rear shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable and, when signaling, shall emit a red or amber light. An antique vehicle or expanded-use antique vehicle shall be equipped with a turn signal device of the same type originally installed by the manufacturer as original equipment and in working order.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
C. 
Every trailer and semitrailer shall be equipped with an electric turn signal device which indicates the intention of the driver in the power unit to turn to the right or to the left in the form of flashing red or amber lights located at the rear of the vehicle on the side toward which the turn is to be made and mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable.
D. 
Turn signal lamps must be visible from a distance of not less than 300 feet in normal sunlight.
E. 
Motorcycles and motor-driven cycles need not be equipped with electric turn signals. Antique vehicles or expanded-use antiques vehicle need not be equipped with turn signals unless such were installed by the manufacturer as original equipment.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
F. 
Motorcycles and motor-driven cycles may be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of the vehicle that display a red or amber light, visible from a distance of not less than 500 feet to the rear in normal sunlight, that flashes and becomes steady only when the brake is actuated.
[Added 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-208)
Any motor vehicle owned or fully operated by a firefighter may be equipped with not to exceed two lamps which shall emit a blue light without glare, which lights shall be used only when actually going to a fire.
A. 
Whenever the driver of any vehicle equipped with an electric driving head lamp or head lamps, auxiliary driving lamp or auxiliary driving lamps is within 500 feet of another vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, the driver shall dim or drop the head lamp or head lamps, and shall extinguish all auxiliary driving lamps.
B. 
The driver of any vehicle equipped with an electric driving head lamp or head lamps, auxiliary driving lamp or auxiliary driving lamps shall dim or drop the head lamp or head lamps and shall extinguish all auxiliary driving lamps when there is another vehicle traveling in the same direction less than 300 feet to the front of him or her.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-210)
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
Flashing signals.
(1) 
Every bus used for the transportation of school children to and from school, in addition to any other equipment and distinctive markings required by this Title VII, shall be equipped with an eight-lamp flashing signal system.
(a) 
An eight-lamp flashing signal system shall have, in addition to a four-lamp system, four alternately flashing amber lamps. Each amber lamp shall be mounted next to a red lamp and at the same level but closer to the center line of the school bus.
(b) 
A four-lamp flashing signal system shall have two alternately flashing red lamps mounted as high and as widely spaced laterally on the same level as practicable at the front of the school bus and two such lamps mounted in the same manner at the rear.
(c) 
Each signal lamp shall be a sealed beam at least 5 1/2 inches in diameter and shall have sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in normal sunlight. Both the four-lamp and eight-lamp system shall be actuated only by means of a manual switch. There shall be a device for indicating to the driver that the system is operating properly or is inoperative.
(2) 
A school bus may also be equipped with alternately flashing head lamps, which may be operated in conjunction with the eight-lamp flashing signal system.
(625 ILCS 5/12-805)
B. 
Strobe lamps. A school bus manufactured on or after January 1, 2000, shall be equipped with one strobe lamp that will emit 60 flashes to 120 flashes per minute of white or bluish-white light visible to a motorist approaching the bus from any direction. The lamp shall be of sufficient brightness to be visible in normal sunlight when viewed directly from a distance of at least one mile.
(1) 
The strobe lamp shall be mounted on the rooftop of the bus with the light-generating element in the lamp located equidistant from each side and either at or behind the center of the rooftop. The maximum height of the element above the rooftop shall not exceed 1/30 of its distance from the rear of the rooftop. If the structure of the strobe lamp obscures the light-generating element, the element shall be deemed to be in the center of the lamp with a maximum height 1/4 inch less than the maximum height of the strobe lamp unless otherwise indicated in rules and regulations promulgated by the Department. The Department may promulgate rules and regulations to govern measurements, glare, effectiveness and protection of strobe lamps on school buses, including higher strobe lamps than authorized in this subsection.
(2) 
The strobe lamp may be lighted only when the school bus is actually being used as a school bus and:
(a) 
Is stopping or stopped for loading or discharging pupils on a highway outside an urban area; or
(b) 
Is bearing one or more pupils.
(625 ILCS 5/12-815)
Except as otherwise provided in this Title VII:
A. 
Red oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights are permitted only on:
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
(1) 
Local law enforcement vehicles and police vehicles of the state or federal government;
(2) 
Vehicles which are designated as ambulances and while responding to an emergency call for the purpose of conveying sick or injured persons;
(3) 
Vehicles of local fire departments and fire-fighting vehicles of the state or federal government;
(4) 
A vehicle operated by a police officer or county coroner and designated or authorized by local authorities, in writing, as a law enforcement vehicle; however, such designation or authorization must be carried in the vehicle;
(5) 
A vehicle operated by a fire chief who has completed an emergency vehicle operation training course approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and designated or authorized by local authorities, in writing, as a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department vehicle; however, the designation or authorization must be carried in the vehicle, and the lights may be visible or activated only when responding to a bona fide emergency;
(6) 
Tow trucks licensed in a state that requires such lights; furthermore, such lights shall not be lighted on any such tow truck while the tow truck is operating in the State of Illinois;
(7) 
Vehicles of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, vehicles of the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, vehicles of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and vehicles of the Department of Nuclear Safety;
(8) 
Vehicles operated by a local or county emergency management services agency as defined in the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act;
(9) 
School buses operating alternately flashing head lamps as permitted under § 75-10A of this chapter;
(10) 
Vehicles that are equipped and used exclusively as organ transplant vehicles when used in combination with blue oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights; furthermore, these lights shall be lighted only when the transportation is declared an emergency by a member of the transplant team or a representative of the organ procurement organization; and
(11) 
Vehicles of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that are used for mine rescue and explosives emergency response.
B. 
Amber oscillating, rotating or flashing lights are permitted only on:
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
(1) 
Second division vehicles designed for towing or hoisting disabled vehicles while actually being used for such purposes; furthermore:
(a) 
Such lights shall not be lighted except as required in this Subsection B(1);
(b) 
Such lights shall be lighted when such vehicles are actually being used at the scene of an accident or disablement;
(c) 
If the towing vehicle is equipped with a flat bed that supports all wheels of the vehicle being transported, the lights shall not be lighted while the vehicle is engaged in towing on a highway;
(d) 
If the towing vehicle is not equipped with a flat bed that supports all wheels of a vehicle being transported, the lights shall be lighted while the towing vehicle is engaged in towing on a highway during all times when the use of headlights is required under 625 ILCS 5/12-201;
(2) 
Motor vehicles or equipment of the state, the Village, and contractors while engaged in maintenance or construction operations within the limits of construction projects;
(3) 
Vehicles or equipment used by engineering or survey crews while actually engaged in work on a highway;
(4) 
Vehicles of public utilities and municipal departments, or other construction, maintenance or automotive service vehicles, except that such lights shall be lighted only as a means for indicating the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing while engaged in maintenance or construction operations within the limits of construction projects;
(5) 
Oversized vehicle or load moving under permit issued under the provisions of state law by state authority;
(6) 
The front and rear of motorized equipment owned and operated by the state or any political subdivision thereof, which is designed and used for removal of snow and ice from highways;
(7) 
The front and rear of motorized equipment or vehicles that (i) are not owned by the State of Illinois or any political subdivision of the state, (ii) are designed and used for removal of snow and ice from highways and parking lots, and (iii) are equipped with a snow plow that is 12 feet in width; these lights may not be lighted except when the motorized equipment or vehicle is actually being used for those purposes on behalf of a unit of government;
(8) 
Fleet safety vehicles registered in another state; furthermore, such lights shall not be lighted except as provided for in 625 ILCS 5/12-212;
(9) 
Law enforcement vehicles of state or local authorities when used in combination with red oscillating, rotating or flashing lights;
(10) 
Propane delivery trucks;
(11) 
Vehicles used for collecting or delivering mail for the United States Postal Service, provided that such lights shall not be lighted except when such vehicles are actually being used for such purposes;
(12) 
Vehicles of the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, provided that such lights shall not be lighted except when such vehicles are engaged in work for the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal;
(13) 
Any vehicle displaying a slow-moving vehicle emblem as provided in 625 ILCS 5/12-205.1;
(14) 
All trucks equipped with self-compactors or roll-off hoists and roll-on containers for garbage or refuse hauling. Such lights shall not be lighted except when such vehicles are actually being used for such purposes;
(15) 
Vehicles used by a security company, alarm responder, or control agency;
(16) 
Security vehicles of the Department of Human Services; however, the lights shall not be lighted except when being used for security-related purposes under the direction of the superintendent of the facility where the vehicle is located;
(17) 
Vehicles of union representatives, except that the lights shall be lighted only while the vehicle is within the limits of a construction project; and
(18) 
Such other vehicles as may be authorized by the Village Board.
C. 
Blue oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights are permitted only on the front of any motor vehicle owned or fully operated by a volunteer firefighter, paid firefighters, part-paid firefighters or call firefighters while responding to a fire call.
D. 
Oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights located on top of police vehicles in the Village shall be lighted whenever a police officer is in pursuit of a violator of a traffic law, regulation, or ordinance.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, §§ 12-215 and 12-216)
It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle upon a street unless the vehicle is equipped with good and sufficient brakes in good working condition as required by the state traffic law, or to operate any vehicle which is so loaded that the operator does not have ready access to the mechanics operating the brakes of the vehicles.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-301)
A. 
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a good and sufficient audible signaling device in efficient working condition. The signalling device shall be sounded when necessary to give warning of the approach of a vehicle, but the horn or other signalling device shall not be sounded for any purpose other than as a warning of impending danger.
B. 
No motor vehicle other than an emergency vehicle shall be equipped with a siren or gong signalling device.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-601)
A. 
Generally. Every motor vehicle driven or operated upon streets of this Village shall at all times be equipped with an adequate muffler or exhaust system in constant operation with an adequate muffler or exhaust system in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise. No muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass, or similar device. No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise of the vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle.
B. 
Unnecessary noise. It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle which makes unusually loud or unnecessary noise.
C. 
Gas and smoke. It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which emits smoke or such amount of smoke or fumes as to be dangerous to the health of persons or as to endanger the drivers of other vehicles.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-602)
Every motor vehicle, operated singly or when towing another vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the motor vehicle. (ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-502)
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
Restrictions and prohibitions.
(1) 
No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any sign, poster, window application, reflective material, nonreflective material or tinted film upon the front windshield, except that a nonreflective tinted film may be used along the uppermost portion of the windshield if such material does not extend more than six inches down from the top of the windshield.
(2) 
No window treatment or tinting shall be applied to the windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver, except:
(a) 
On vehicles where none of the windows to the rear of the driver's seat are treated in a manner that allows less than 30% light transmittance, a nonreflective tinted film that allows at least 50% light transmittance, with a 5% variance observed by any law enforcement official metering the light transmittance, may be used on the vehicle windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver.
(b) 
On vehicles where none of the windows to the rear of the driver's seat are treated in a manner that allows less than 35% light transmittance, a nonreflective tinted film that allows at least 35% light transmittance, with a 5% variance observed by any law enforcement official metering the light transmittance, may be used on the vehicle windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver.
(c) 
On vehicles where a nonreflective smoked or tinted glass that was originally installed by the manufacturer on the windows to the rear of the driver's seat, a nonreflective tint that allows at least 50% light transmittance, with a 5% variance observed by a law enforcement official metering the light transmittance, may be used on the vehicle windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver.
(3) 
No person shall install or repair any material prohibited by Subsection A(1) of this section.
(a) 
Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a person from removing or altering any material prohibited by Subsection A(1) to make a motor vehicle comply with the requirements of this section.
(b) 
Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a person from installing window treatment for a person with a medical condition described in Subsection B(2) of this section. An installer who installs window treatment for a person with a medical condition described in Subsection B(2) must obtain a copy of the certified statement or letter written by a physician described in Subsection B(2) from the person with the medical condition prior to installing the window treatment. The copy of the certified statement or letter must be kept in the installer's permanent records.
(4) 
On motor vehicles where window treatment has not been applied to the windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver, the use of a perforated window screen or other decorative window application on windows to the rear of the driver's seat shall be allowed.
(5) 
Any motor vehicle with a window to the rear of the driver's seat treated in this manner shall be equipped with a side mirror on each side of the motor vehicle which is in conformance with § 75-15.
(6) 
No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any objects placed or suspended between the driver and the front windshield, rear window, side wings or side windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver which materially obstruct the driver's view.
(7) 
Every motor vehicle, except motorcycles, shall be equipped with a device, controlled by the driver, for cleaning rain, snow, moisture or other obstructions from the windshield; and no person shall drive a motor vehicle with snow, ice, moisture or other material on any of the windows or mirrors, which materially obstructs the driver's clear view of the highway.
(8) 
No person shall drive a motor vehicle when the windshield, side or rear windows are in such defective condition or repair as to materially impair the driver's view to the front, side or rear. A vehicle equipped with a side mirror on each side of the vehicle which are in conformance with § 75-15 will be deemed to be in compliance in the event the rear window of the vehicle is materially obscured.
B. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
Subsections A(1), (2), (4) and (5) of this section shall not apply to those motor vehicles properly registered in another jurisdiction.
(2) 
Medical conditions.
(a) 
Subsections A(1) and (2) of this section shall not apply to window treatment, including but not limited to a window application, nonreflective material, or tinted film, applied or affixed to a motor vehicle for which distinctive license plates or license plate stickers have been issued pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/3-412, Subsection (k), and which:
[1] 
Is owned and operated by a person afflicted with or suffering from a medical disease, including but not limited to systemic or discoid lupus erythematosus, disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, or albinism, which would require that person to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun; or
[2] 
Is used in transporting a person when the person resides at the same address as the registered owner of the vehicle and the person is afflicted with or suffering from a medical disease which would require the person to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun, including but not limited to systemic or discoid lupus erythematosus, disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, or albinism.
(b) 
Proof of condition.
[1] 
The owner must obtain a certified statement or letter written by a physician licensed to practice medicine in Illinois that such person owning and operating or being transported in a motor vehicle is afflicted with or suffers from such disease, including but not limited to systemic or discoid lupus erythematosus, disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, or albinism. However, no exemption from the requirements of Subsection A(2) shall be granted for any condition, such as light sensitivity, for which protection from the direct rays of the sun can be adequately obtained by the use of sunglasses or other eye protective devices.
[2] 
Such certification must be carried in the motor vehicle at all times. The certification shall be legible and shall contain the date of issuance, the name, address and signature of the attending physician, and the name, address, and medical condition of the person requiring exemption. The information on the certificate for a window treatment must remain current and shall be renewed annually by the attending physician. The owner shall also submit a copy of the certification to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may forward notice of certification to law enforcement agencies.
(3) 
Subsection A(1) of this section shall not apply to motor vehicle stickers or other certificates issued by state or local authorities which are required to be displayed upon motor vehicle windows to evidence compliance with requirements concerning motor vehicles.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-503)
It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which is so loaded or in such condition that the operator does not have a clear vision of all parts of the roadway essential to the safe operation of the vehicle.
It shall be unlawful to operate on any street any motor vehicle which is not equipped with tires conforming to the requirements of state law.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-401)
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
No person shall operate any 1965 or later model motor vehicle of the first division (other than a motorcycle) that is titled or licensed by the Secretary of State unless the front seat of the motor vehicle is equipped with two sets of seat safety belts.
B. 
No person under the age of 18 years shall operate any motor vehicle, except a motor-driven cycle or motorcycle, with more than one passenger in the front seat of the motor vehicle and no more passengers in the back seats than the number of available seat safety belts, except that each driver under the age of 18 years operating a second division vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,000 pounds or less that contains only a front seat may operate the vehicle with more than one passenger in the front seat, provided that each passenger is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seat safety belt.
[ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 12-603(b)]
[Amended 11-13-2007 by Ord. No. 07-30; 10-11-2010 by Ord. No. 10-35; 10-11-2010 by Ord. No. 10-36; 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter for which no other penalty has been established shall be punished as provided in § 70-99.