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updated: 4/9/2014 4:51 PM

Elgin Democrat wants drivers to keep their licenses

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  • Mike Noland

      Mike Noland

 
By Marty Hobe
mhobe@dailyherald.com

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a plan to allow drivers to keep their licenses after minor traffic violations.

State Sen. Noland, an Elgin Democrat, won approval for what he calls his "Sign and Drive" plan, which would allow drivers who are pulled over to sign a statement promising to pay the fine or show up in court.

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Noland said when the police take away licenses, people are denied the ability to board an airplane, buy some medicines and do other important tasks that require ID.

The Senate agreed unanimously and sent the plan to the House.

"This should make life easier for each and every one of us," Noland said.

In Illinois, a license is considered a form of bond payment for minor traffic violations. It's used as a way to ensure violators appear in court or pay their fine.

Noland believes the current system inconveniences those who would comply with a ticket or appear in court and doesn't deter those already inclined to disregard those requirements.

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