A new law has just passed the Illinois Senate that would require drivers to come to a complete stop if a pedestrian enters a crosswalk. The old law only required drivers to slow down or stop only when necessary. In 2007, 172 pedestrians were struck in crosswalks in Illinois prompting the Illinois state legislature to act. This is welcome news for Chicago pedestrians who are aware that no one even slows down at cross walks, not even the police. It will be interesting to see if the police actually enforce this law.
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