For decades, those accused of a significant moving violation have ended up leaving their driver’s license with police in lieu of posting bail.
Illinois wasn’t the only state to require either surrendering of a license or taking a trip to the local police station to post bail unless the driver happened to have a bond card from a travel club or insurance company.
Until January, when a measure by state Sen. Michael Noland of Elgin and state Rep. John D’Amico of Chicago that was signed into law this weekend goes into effect.
A driver will be able to sign a citation promising to either appear in court or pay the fine.
It’s a welcome relief, although some police departments worry it will take away any incentive for lawbreaking motorists to show up for court.
In a world that has become more dependent upon the verification of identity for everything from medical care to banking transactions and flying on a commercial aircraft, the lack of a license created a significant burden for everyday life.
This common-sense legislation won’t ease the sting of having to pay a few hundred bucks for a traffic infraction, or the time it takes to challenge a citation, but it will remove some of the headache from the process.