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Improper U-Turn


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Illinois law has very strict laws regarding U-Turns. Sec. 11-802 of the Illinois Vehicle Code states:

“(a) The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.

(b) No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.”

The City of Chicago has its own, more restrictive laws concerning U-Turns. Section 9-16-040 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code states:

(a) The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction at
any point closer than 100 feet to any intersection unless official signs are erected to permit such
turns.

(b) It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn such vehicle in any street so as to proceed in the opposite direction in the territory bounded by and including Wacker Drive on the west and the north, Michigan Avenue on the east, and Congress Parkway on the south, unless official signs are erected to permit such turns.”
The fines for improper and illegal turns vary widely. They can range anywhere from $50 to $300, depending upon the severity of the violation incurred and the jurisdiction of where it happened.

Consult A Traffic Attorney

If you are ticketed for an improper U-turn, you may wish to consult a traffic attorney. A conviction for this offense may result in points on your driver’s license and increased insurance rates. A traffic attorney from Driver Defense Team can help you fight the ticket or reduce the negative consequences on your driving record.

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