In the last few years, there have been some changes to Illinois pedestrian crossing laws. These changes have been confusing for drivers. At the heart of the new laws is the idea of keeping pedestrians safe and making drivers more responsible. As a driver, it is your responsibility to watch out for pedestrians and understand the current laws.
The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State reports in 2014, there were a total of 78 pedestrians killed in the state. By reworking laws to put more of the responsibility on drivers, the state hopes to prevent such deaths. The laws state that drivers must always yield to pedestrians. This includes when they are within crosswalks and when they are not within crosswalks. This is the biggest change to the law of which you should be aware.
There is one exception to yielding to a pedestrian not in a crosswalk you should know. If a person is crossing the roadway and is on the other side of the street, you can continue driving through. However, if the person steps onto your side of the road, you must stop and yield.
You also need to be aware of pedestrians on the roadway at all times regardless of whether crosswalks are present or not. Do not drive close to anyone walking on the side of the road. Make turns carefully, looking ahead for pedestrians in the roadway. During school hours, make sure to keep an eye out for children in and around the school zones. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.