Sign & Drive could become new procedure

By Alex Davis |

Published 04/10 2014 12:24PM

Updated 04/10 2014 12:29PM

ILLINOIS -- Illinois is the only state that makes you hand over your license to police if you get a speeding ticket. That could change. WCIA-3's Alex Davis finds out how.

"I am really careful."

When it comes to protecting her personal information, Robin Read is on it.

"Personally, I am very careful about anything that goes out anywhere."

The Springfield resident says the threat of identity theft is great in the digital age.

"And so, I think it's a good idea not to have anything floating out there, if at all possible."

Her personal security is just one of the reasons she supports the bill, dubbed "Sign and Drive."

Under the bill, drivers would be able to keep their license when ticketed for minor traffic offenses rather than forfeiting it to police. It would then be returned by mail.

All a driver has to do is sign a written promissory note to comply with the terms of the ticket. Then they would be let go with license in hand.

"In a lot of situations where law enforcement decides to take a driver's license as bail, it takes away a key piece of identity for them."

Supporters say it seems to make sense. Beyond the concern for security, they say it would be more convenient.

"The fact is that a driver's license is almost your personal ID, kind of like a smart phone. You take it everywhere."

Plus, some drivers don't feel as safe driving around with a ticket, rather than their license.

"You feel very uncomfortable about driving around with just a speeding ticket instead of your license."

The bill's sponsor says the change would make the ticketing process easier for law enforcement and drivers. The bill is now in the Senate and could be called for a vote this week.

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