State Rep. Dan Beiser sponsored Senate Bill 3411, which prevents local law enforcement departments from using ticket quotas or using the number of tickets an officer writes in a performance evaluation. The measure also protects local departments from losing state or federal grant money as a result of eliminating quotas.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that allows people charged with minor traffic offenses to pay their fines or penalties without appearing in court.
The legislation follows the “Sign and Drive” law recently signed by Quinn that ends the practice of requiring individuals to give up their driver’s license as security for traffic violations.
“Motorists can now stay out of court when all they need to do is pay a fine for a minor traffic offense,” Quinn said. “This new law helps reduce the burden on drivers and our court system by cutting the number of unnecessary minor cases.”
Senate Bill 3509 allows motorists ticketed with certain petty traffic violations to plead guilty and pay their fines without a court appearance. This is companion legislation to a previously approved law that eliminated the requirement that a valid driver’s license be posted as bail for certain traffic offenses. Both laws are effective Jan. 1.
Quinn has signed a number of new laws to make travel on Illinois roads safer and more convenient. Last year he signed legislation to prohibit the use of all handheld mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads and to increase the penalties where any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident. This summer, Quinn signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas and to prevent quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance.