Required crosswalk stops heads to governor

Staff reports

A bill that would require drivers to stop at unregulated crosswalks is heading to the governor.

House Bill 43 would require motorists to stop at crosswalks where pedestrians exist. The measure passed the Senate 33-15 today.

It would not apply to regulated crosswalks, which have stop signs or traffic signals. Failing to stop could result in fine of at least $150.

Current law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Opponents of the measure contend that it could increase traffic accidents by forcing drivers to stop suddenly and cause rear-end collisions.

Sen. Heather Steans, the Chicago Democrat sponsoring the idea, brushed aside that criticism.

"A number of other states already have this law in place, and that has not been their experience," she said.

State Capitol Bureau