CHICAGO — A state representative from Chicago has introduced legislation that would prohibit police officers across Illinois from stopping motorists for a host of violations, including expired plates, tinted windows, improper lane usage, and even speeding up to 25 mph over the posted limit.
Rep. Justin Slaughter (27th), chair of the state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee, introduced the bill on Monday. No other lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors.
Slaughter’s legislation also states that any evidence of criminal wrongdoing discovered during a prohibited traffic stop cannot be used “in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding.” The evidence could not be used even if the driver permitted police to search their vehicle under Slaughter’s proposal.
In addition to barring cops from enforcing speeding violations that aren’t flagrant enough to become criminal matters, Slaughter wants to prevent officers from pulling people over for:
- failing to display license plates or stickers
- operating with an expired registration sticker
- not wearing a seat belt
- improper lane usage that does not meet the criminal threshold
- failing to comply with “certain requirements concerning vehicle lamps”
- excessive window tints
- defective mirrors
- obstructed windshields or defective windshield wipers
- defective bumpers
- excessive exhaust
Slaughter represents parts of the city of Chicago neighborhoods like Roseland, Morgan Park, and Beverly and parts of suburbs from Blue Island to Orland Park.
Police officers routinely discover evidence of criminal activity during traffic stops. Just yesterday, CWBChicago reported that CPD officers allegedly found a murder weapon in a man’s car during a traffic stop, leading prosecutors to charge the driver with the homicide.
This morning, we reported that Chicago police officers in Lakeview discovered bags of apparently stolen mail, packages, and forged postal service master keys during a traffic stop based on the vehicle’s license plate being covered. Charges were filed against three people in that case.