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Gov. Quinn Signs Law Excluding Driver's Licenses as Bail
No longer can police take a driver's license as bail. Governor Quinn signed a new law allowing drivers to simply, "sign and go."
Depending on the traffic violation, drivers can instead sign their ticket promising to obey the citation's terms. Then they can either pay the fine or appear in court.
Quinn says "a driver's license is an important form of identification" and this law will "keep traffic moving on our streets."
Area drivers say this law is long overdue.
"I think it's gonna save time on both the driver's perspective and on the state's perspective because you don't have to go to get your license and then also to pay the ticket. You can pay the ticket by mail, and for minor offenses I think that's fine. You have the driver's license information so you don't really need the driver's license," Elizabeth Stovall said.
However, the Secretary of State can still suspend a drivers privileges if the driver fails to comply with the terms of their ticket.
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate sponsored the legislation saying it will also reduce the state's traffic court costs.