Mickey Straub
Mayor
Karen J. Thomas
Village Clerk
Steven S. Stricker
Village Administrator
 

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  • D.A.R.E.
  • Identity Theft
  • Internet Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Severe Weather
  • Truck Permits
  • Underage Drinking

Accidents

You have been involved in an accident:

All accidents involving property damage or injuries must be reported to the police immediately. The Burr Ridge police officer investigating this accident will provide you with the information you need. Check to make sure the information is correct.

The Motorist Report Form contains the following information:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Accident Report Number
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance policies of all drivers involved.

What should you do now?

Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible - there may be a time period restriction for you to make your claim.

If damage to any vehicle in the accident exceeds $500.00 (estimated) or there is an injury, each driver is required by State Law to complete the Motorist Report form and mail within 10 days to:

I.D.O.T. Accident Records Section.
3215 Executive Park Drive
Springfield, IL. 62766-0001

Information about your accident report:

There may be blank boxes on your report form because these are for internal use or do not apply to your accident. Police officers are not required to complete narratives or diagrams on all accident reports.

What about tickets issued by the police officer?

If the other driver receives a traffic ticket, then you do not have to appear in court unless notified by the Burr Ridge Police Department. If you receive a traffic ticket, then two copies of the ticket will be issued to you:

  1. Violator's Copy (red copy). This is your copy to keep as a receipt; it explains the violation and serves as a record for your bond.
  2. Court Communication Copy (blue copy). Using the back of this copy of the ticket, you must select a not guilty or guilty plea and mail it back to the court.

You then have three options:

  1. Plead Guilty - Send the required fine to the court via mail.
  2. Plead Not Guilty - Request a trial date using the court communication copy
  3. Traffic School/Court Supervision - Complete traffic school requirements

Where do you get copies of the accident report?

Copies of most accident reports are available upon request. These reports are free to Village Residents and at 18 cents per page to non-residents. Copies of accident reports involving reconstruction of the accident are available at a cost of $25 each after the reconstruction is complete. Copies of accident reports involving crimes or deaths are subject to the rules cited under the Freedom of Information Act (Illinois Compiled Statutes, 5 ILCS 140/1-7). Other types of reports may be obtained by filing a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. These reports will be released according to the provisions outline in the Act. The cost for these reports is 18 cents per page. The Chief of Police reviews all reports released under the FOIA.

Copies of completed reports are usually available three business days after the accident – this is not the case for all accidents so please call ahead and find out if the report is ready before stopping in.

Accident reports can be picked up from the main police desk Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. To pick up accident reports at a different time please call ahead so the reports can be prepared for your arrival in advance.

Burr Ridge Police Department
7660 County Line Road
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527
(630) 323-8181

When picking up a report remember:

  • Only the individual involved in the accident can pick up the report
  • You are required to show a photo ID to receive a copy of the report
  • There is a state mandated $5.00 charge for each copy

Alcohol Information for Businesses

The purpose of this information is to to inform you about the restrictions governing the retail sale of alcoholic beverages. Your continuing respect for these laws and your cooperation with the Village will contribute to a community free from alcohol related death and injury. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Burr Ridge Police Department at (630) 323-8181.

Dram Shop Responsibility: If injuries occur as a result of alcohol being supplied to a person, the person or owner of the establishment that supplied the alcohol, or both, can be held liable. Know when to stop serving alcohol to a person. Protect your business and yourself; don't let a person under the influence of alcohol drive.

Hours: Alcoholic liquor may be served to customers on the premises between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Sale: The sale of alcoholic liquor is prohibited by persons under the age of 21. The establishment has the right and duty to check the identification of any person purchasing alcohol who appears to be under the legal age of 21. It is unlawful to serve alcohol to an intoxicated person.

Happy Hours: Happy hours are prohibited.

Posting: In each establishment in which liquor is sold, a printed card shall be prominently displayed which reads:

WARNING to Minors: You are subject to a fine of up to five hundred ($500.00) under the law if you purchase alcoholic liquor or misrepresent your age for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining alcoholic liquor.

Penalty: Penalties for violating the law range from: Arrest, fines, suspension or revocation of the establishment's liquor license.

Training: If you would like to receive training for you and your employees, the Burr Ridge Police Department will be happy to provide your establishment with free training customized to fit your busy work schedule. For further information, call (630) 323-8181.

Check the identification of all patrons. If you are unsure of the age of a patron and he/she cannot produce identification, do not serve him/her. If an ID card appears altered or false, take it and call the Police immediately (Dial 9-1-1). Refuse to serve intoxicated patrons.

Burglar Alarms

Burr Ridge Village Ordinance

Every alarm user shall obtain an Alarm User Permit for each alarm system within the Village. Alarm Permits are obtained from the Police Department or the application can be downloaded from our Forms page. and are approved by the Village Administrator. Any alarm system user who operates an alarm system without first obtaining a permit, or who, after having a permit revoked or suspended, fails to disconnect the alarm, shall be in violation.

Penalties

Failure to obtain an Alarm System User Permit or disconnect a revoked or suspended alarm may result in a fine from $5.00 to $750.00. Each day of violation shall constitue a separate offense.

False Alarms

False Alarms are costly to alarm users. Fines are $50 for each false alarm in excess of four in one year period, May 1 to April 30.

False alarms often disturb neighbors. Alarms with exterior ringers often disturb residences great distances from the immediate neighborhood. Neighbors, whom they are meant to alert, often disregard the alarm.

New Residents

If you have recently moved into a residence in Burr Ridge and the home was previously wired for an alarm system, please insure that the system is inactive. It is not uncommon for a new resident to be met at the front door by a police officer responding to an alarm that was thought to be disconnected. Applications for alarm permits are available at the Police Station. If you are installing a new alarm, please contact the Police Department for an Alarm Permit Application. The alarm company must also be registered by the State of Illinois.

Alarm Instructions

Alarm companies must furnish homeowners with instructions that provide adequate information to operate and maintain the alarm system. Suggestion: Review these instructions with each member of your family and all keyholders. Remember, once a call is received by the Police Dispatcher of an activated alarm, we are required to respond.

Keyholders

The alarm user must identify a keyholder who can respond to the alarm and open the premises. Corporate alarms require the listing of two keyholders.

Suggestion: Often keyholders are not available and the alarm does not reset. If the alarm is malfunctioning and reactivates, we must again respond to the alarm; each response is billed. Having a keyholder available to reset the alarm is one way of eliminating expensive false alarms.

Alternate Power Source

You must provide an alternate source of power in order to prevent a false alarm due to the loss of electrical power supplied by a utility company.

Suggestion: Typically, your alternate power source is battery power. Periodically check the battery and cables leading to your system.

Alarm Testing

Suggestion: Please remember to give us a call if you want us to test your alarm. We will respond to verify that it is in fact a test. No fine is imposed for this type of police response.

Waiver Of Fees

Finally, the Police Department and the Village frequently receive requests to waive false alarm fees. By ordinance, only false alarms caused by hurricanes, tornados, earthquake or other catastrophic events , are subject to appeal. Alarms activated by electrical storms, thunder, hail, or sudden changes in temperature do not meet the standards for waiver of false alarm fees. Alarms activated by accidental but legal entry to the property, i.e. children returning home, guests, neighbors looking after the home while you are on vacation and delivery men do not meet the standard for waiver.

Child Safety Seats

Effective January 1, 2004

Public Act #83-8, The Child Passenger Protection Act, has been in effect in Illinois since July 1, 1983.  The law, amended effective January 1, 2004, requires anyone who transports children in Illinois in non-commercial vehicles to do so in the following manner:

  • Children under the age of eight years must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system, more commonly called a child safety seat.  Child safety sears include infant seats, convertible seats (rear-facing for infants and forward-facing for toddlers) and booster seats that are used with the vehicle lap and shoulder belt system.

  • Children weighing more than 40 pounds must be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt system.

  • Children and young people eight and up to 16 years of age must be secured in a properly adjusted safety belt in any position in the vehicle.

  • The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of eight years is responsible fore providing a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child.

  • Every person under the age of 18 years who transports a child eight years of age or older (up to 18 years) is responsible for securing that child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt or child safety seat.

Those found in violation of the law the first time will be fined $50, which is waived upon proof of possession of an approved safety seat.  Subsequent violations are punished by a $100 fine.

Children with physical disabilities that prevent the use of standard safety seats are exempt from the provisions of the law if the disability is duly certified by a physician. 

This information is provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety, located at 3215 Executive Park Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9245, (217) 785-3038.

Citizens Police Academy

The next session of the Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The Academy offers a behind-the-scenes and hands on look at the Burr Ridge Police Department. Classes are held every Thursday at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM for ten weeks. Contact Officer Zucchero at 323-8181 or stop by the Police Department for a brochure or download it from our Forms page. Don’t miss your chance. Sign up today!

(Reverse 9-1-1 (Code Red)

When a situation arises in Burr Ridge, Village staff will turn to the Internet and the CodeRED mapping tools to designate a call area based on addresses. With the push of a few buttons, a pre-recorded message describing the situation will be delivered to a live person or an answering machine in the affected area and can include instructions requiring action on the part of the recipient.

CodeRED is a geographical based system where street addresses are needed to select the telephone numbers that will receive emergency notification calls. The database has been supplied by the Emergency Communications Network but does not necessarily contain 100% of the information needed to call the targeted area.

CodeRED will be used for emergencies or disasters that might call for action like evacuation, sheltering in place, or boiling contaminated water. Once the situation is remedied, a call can be placed to the area signaling that the issue has been addressed and that normal activities can be resumed.

For more information about CodeRED, call the Burr Ridge Police Department’s Non Emergency number at (630) 323-8181.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

D) DRUG... The D.A.R.E program was developed to address the alarming increase of drug abuse, a serious problem that plagues more and more of our young people.

A) ABUSE... Studies show that students who use alcohol or other drugs before the age of 15, are twice as likely to develop problems with drugs.

R) RESITANCE... D.A.R.E. uses a different approach to educating young people. Based on research, the traditional scare tactics that preach the hardship of drug abuse are de-emphasized. Teens want to act grown-up and many of them view smoking, drinking, and the misuse of drugs are passports to adulthood. D.A.R.E tries to teach the students what being grown-up really means: not giving in to peer-pressure, making your own decisions, and learning to dope with life’s problems in positive ways.

E) EDUCATION... Police officers serve as instructors for the D.A.R.E program. The officers selected have been carefully screened and have been trained to present a seventeen lesson instructional unit to fifth grade classes who will soon be attending junior high school. The officers visit each class once a week.

Resistance education focuses on four main areas:

  1. Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs
  2. Teaching students decision-making skills
  3. Showing students who to resist peer pressure
  4. Giving teens ideas for alternatives to drug use

Tips for Parents:

The success of the program for your child depends upon your reinforcement of ideas taught in D.A.R.E. Please contact your D.A.R.E. officer if you have any questions.

  • Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable
  • Educate yourself about drugs, so that you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions
  • Know your children’s friends and the other parents. Establish a network that will bring you closer to your children and their activities.

The more you are in touch with your children, the more you will be aware of any possible problems that may arise.

Identity Theft

Identity theft has been called the fastest growing crime of the Millennium. It is popular with criminals because it is easy to commit, and is considered a faceless, victimless crime. Victims of identity theft would disagree since, on average, they spend $18,000 of their own money and 175 hours clearing their name and credit. The average amount stolen per victim is $18,000.

To prevent identity theft, order a credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies:

Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742), www.experian.com, P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013

Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289, www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285, www.equifax.com, P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Scrutinize the credit report for errors, new accounts (credit or utility) or address changes. Report inaccuracies immediately. Do not carry unnecessary credit cards or ID, especially Social Security cards. DO NOT RESPOND to e-mails from banks, credit card companies or internet commerce sites such as Amazon, Ebay or America Online. These companies will NEVER ask for personal information via e-mail. Be careful who you provide personal information to without knowing what is required, how or by whom it will be used. Do not send mail from a home mailbox as thieves look for the “red flag” to alert them to outgoing mail. Finally, do not leave wallets or purses in cars since car burglaries are the easiest way to gain access to personal information. For further information, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site at www.consumer.gov/idtheft/ or contact the Burr Ridge Police Department.

Internet Safety

Exposure to inappropriate materials and harassment are only a few of the safety issues parents must be aware of today when they have children who are using the Internet. Child safety on the Internet has become an ever-increasing problem facing parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Adults have a responsibility to provide our children with access to various types of learning experiences through hands-on experience. Using the Internet has and/or will continue to become a very vital part of our children's day to day lives. In providing access to this resource, we must also provide guidance and guidelines for the various hazards that can be encountered when using this medium.

Most people who use online services have mainly positive experiences. The online world, like the rest of society, is made up of a wide array of people. Most are decent and respectful, but some may be rude, obnoxious, insulting or even mean and exploitative.

Children and teenagers get a lot of benefit from being online, but they can also be targets of crime and exploitation in this as in any other environment. Trusting, curious, and anxious to explore this new world and the relationships it brings, children and teenagers need parental supervision and common sense advice on how to be sure that their experiences in "cyberspace" are happy, healthy, and productive.

As members of this vast new electronic community, you and your family must ask yourselves how you will contribute to make it a safer environment for all users.

Guidelines For Parents

It is important that you as a parent assume responsibility for your child's online computer use, at home, at school, or in the library. Part of your family rules may be:

  • The best way to assure that your children are having a positive online experience is to stay in touch with what they are doing.
  • Spend time with them when they are online.
  • Keep the computer in a central location, such as the kitchen or family room, rather than in a child's bedroom. This way, everyone in the family has access to it.
  • Check the screen periodically and let your children know that you are interested in what they are learning online.
  • Explore the wide range of information that is available and discuss with them which topics you consider off-limits.
  • Ask your children where they go online, and have them show you.
  • If your children are more familiar with the Internet than you are, let them teach you about it, you will both enjoy the lesson!
  • Use filtering software to screen out adult sites on the Web.
  • Make sure your children are aware of online rules. They should know never to give out their real name, age, school name, address and/or telephone number to strangers, or agree to meet with someone person to person without your approval. Post these online rules by the computer.
  • Neither you nor your children should respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening or make you feel uncomfortable. Encourage your child to inform you of any such messages and, if you or your child receives a message that is harassing, of a sexual nature, or threatening, forward a copy to your service provider and ask for their assistance.
  • Everyone should remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Everything you read may not be true.
  • Make computer use a family activity. Get to know your child's online friends as well as their other friends.
  • Monitor online time. Excessive use of online services, especially late at night, may signal a potential problem. The same parenting skills that apply to the "real world" also apply while online.
  • Support and encourage your child's use of the Internet, and participate in new learning experiences. Acquaint yourself with their online pals and email habits. Be aware of correspondence with strangers.
  • Keep the lines of communication open so that you can talk to your children, and they will recognize your interest in what they are doing is genuine.

What Are the Risks?

There are a few risks for children who use online services. Teenagers are more at risk because they often use the computer unsupervised and because they are more likely than younger children to participate in online discussions regarding companionship, relationships, or sexual activity. Some risks are:

Exposure to Inappropriate Material: A a child may be exposed to inappropriate material of a sexual or violent nature. If you or your child becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. Also, contact you internet service provider.

Physical Molestation: While online, a child might provide information or arrange an encounter that could risk his or her safety or the safety of other family members. In a few cases, pedophiles have used online services and bulletin boards to gain a child's confidence and then arrange a face- to-face meeting.

Harassment: A child might encounter E-mail or bulletin board messages that are harassing, demeaning, or belligerent. Parents should use the parental controls available on the commercial online services. These services screen public content and provide online hosts to monitor chat rooms.

Home Safety

Make Your Home Safer

The Burr Ridge Police Department is often asked "Do I need a home alarm system?" This can be a tough question to answer, and it's not because Burr Ridge has any more or less crime than any other community. Rather, it's a tough question to answer because everyone's personal situation is different. For example, you may have something specific that you want to protect. For someone else, a security system might give the family peace of mind. Whether or not you have an alarm system installed in your home is a decision that must be made with your specific situation in mind. (Keep in mind that Burr Ridge does have an ordinance regulating residential alarm systems and false alarms).

However, even if you decide to have a system installed, that does not negate your responsibility to use common sense. On the opposite end, if you decide against an alarm system, you can still (and should) secure your home by adhering to some basic do's and don'ts. For example…

  1. First and foremost: the doors to your home have locks for a reason - use them! If an intruder comes upon a locked door, he would probably continue on until he finds an unlocked one. It may seem remarkably obvious, but you would be surprised at what we could tell you. By the way, make sure that the entry door has a deadbolt lock on it. If you have a sliding patio door, an auxiliary lock is also highly recommended.
  2. Keep your first floor windows or other accessible windows shut and locked, or install auxiliary locks that permit partial opening.
  3. Use appliance timers. Have at least one light on each floor go on/off automatically. Timers can also be used to turn a radio on/off. Also, install a timer to turn on the porch or garage light.
  4. Use an answering machine, but don't have the outgoing message state that no one is home.
  5. If you get a morning paper, bring it in as much as possible before the last person leaves the house for the day. This is an obvious sign that no one is home.
  6. Do not leave notes on your door (another obvious sign).
  7. Keep the shrubbery cut back so that it will not conceal someone who is standing outside a window or door.

The suggestions mentioned above are very general in nature and are not intended to be a complete answer to every situation. While these tips will help to make any home more secure, there are always additional security measures that will be unique to every residence.

For inquiries or clarifications regarding any of the above, or for additional questions relating to home security, contact the Burr Ridge Police Department at (630) 323-8181.

Neighborhood Watch

The Neighborhood Watch program not only enhances prevention, but it also provides an opportunity for citizens to learn more about their Police Department. Homeowners groups and other community groups involved in Neighborhood Watch are provided with crime prevention information; residents make a commitment to the safety of their neighborhood, reporting suspicious activity to the Police Department.

Severe Weather

The Burr Ridge Police Department is responsible for the activation of severe weather sirens. The sirens are used to alert the public of sever weather that may include tornadoes, and the need for the public to seeks proper shelter.

The sirens may be activated under the following situations:

  • The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Cook and DuPage Counties.
  • Sighting of a funnel cloud in Burr Ridge or a neighboring community by a trained weather spotter.  
  • Upon orders by appropriate public safety personnel.

Upon activation of the sirens you should seek proper shelter. The National Weather Service recommends the following:

  • In a home or building move to the basement, if there is no basement, move to an interior room without windows, such as a bathroom or interior closet.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • While driving get out of your vehicle and seek shelter in a nearby building, if there is not a building available, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. Do not seek shelter under a bridge.

There is not an all-clear siren, so please rely on your radio or TV for updates on the weather situation. AM radio 720 (WGN), 780 (WBBM) or on the Web at www.nws.noaa.gov. Most cable providers will also interrupt programming with the emergency cable television override system with alerts regarding severe weather in the area. UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 OR THE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER TO INQUIRE ON WHY THE SIRENS HAVE BEEN ACTIVATED. If you have any weather related questions you can call the National Weather Service 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at (815) 834-1435.

Truck Permits

The Village of Burr Ridge and the Burr Ridge Police Department issue oversized permits for weight, length, width, and height to loads that are indivisible. The two permits, which are available, include:

Single Trip: This permit allows for one trip to or from the desired location within Burr Ridge. The move can be made within 7 calendar days excluding Saturday's after 12 noon and Sunday's. The fee for this permit is $20.00.

Round Trip: This permit allows for one trip to and from the desired location within Burr Ridge. The move can be made within 14 calendar days excluding Saturday's after 12 noon and Sunday's. The fee for this permit is $40.00.

Limited Continuous Operation: This permit allows for one trip to or from the desired location within Burr Ridge. The move can be made within 90 calendar days excluding Saturday's after 12 noon and Sunday's. The fee for this permit is $90.00

Special Notes

A The permit application must be faxed into the Burr Ridge Police Department at (630) 654-4441. No permits will be accepted or issued over the Internet. The Police Department is allowed 3-5 days to process the permit.

The top half of the permit needs to be filled out entirely. Any permit applications not completely filled out will not be processed. If the permit must be legible.

The Police Department reserves the right to deny any permits. Permits, which are granted, will be returned to the requesting company via the fax.

The completed permit MUST be with the vehicle described in the permit at all times while operating on the streets within the Village and shall be exhibited upon demand to any enforcement officer.

It is the duty of the permittee to read and familiarize himself/herself with the permit provisions upon receipt. Undertaking of the permit move is deemed conclusive evidence of acceptance of the permit. The Police Department sends out statements monthly to Companies with approved accounts. No permits will be issued to companies with accounts that are more than 60 days past due.

Oversize/Weight General Provisions

Agreement: The acceptance of the permit by the grantee constitutes an agreement that the movement will be made strictly in compliance with the terms set forth in the permit and the applicable provisions of the Department Policy contained in the current issue of the publication "OVERSIZE AND OVERWEIGHT PERMIT MOVEMENTS ON STATE HIGHWAYS."

Jurisdiction: The permit is effective only insofar as the Department has jurisdiction and does not release the grantee from complying with other existing laws that may apply to the movement.

Overweight Movements: An overweight permit authorizes the movement of a vehicle or a reasonably disassembled single object loaded on a vehicle combination. If stated in the permit, the object may include an attachment; however, it must be securely mounted on the object being moved. The attachment may not be hauled as a separate object on the vehicle combination.

Locations Where Permit is not Valid: The permit is not valid on any highway or bridge posted for a load limit less than the gross weight of the move, on any highway closed to traffic, and on any highway not maintained by the Village of Burr Ridge. The permittee must obtain permission from the proper authority to use local streets or highways not maintained by the Village of Burr Ridge or from the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority if over the Tollway.

Public and Private Liability:  The grantee assumes all responsibility for injury to persons or damage to public or private property, including his own, caused directly or indirectly by the transportation of vehicles or vehicles and objects authorized under this permit. The grantee agrees to hold the Village of Burr Ridge or the State of Illinois harmless from all suits, claims, damages, or proceedings of any kind and to indemnify the Village of Burr Ridge or the State of Illinois for any claim it may be required to pay arising from the movement.

Liability Insurance:  Owners and/or operators of escort vehicles or vehicles with oversize loads exceeding 10 ft. in width, 13 ft. 6 in. in height, I 10 ft. in length, or overweight must have in effect or be self-insured in the minimum amount of $500,000 per occurrence combined bodily injury and property damage.

Authorized Times of Movements: Movements are authorized from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset, Monday through Friday, and from one half hour before sunrise until noon on Saturday. Movements are further restricted on specified holidays, beginning at noon the day preceding the holiday or the holiday weekend. The specified holidays are: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Highway Conditions: Move shall not be made when highway is covered with snow or ice.

Inclement Weather: When visibility is unduly impaired by rain, snow, fog smog, or at any time travel conditions are considered to be unsafe by the Department or State Police, the police may direct or escort a vehicle off the roadway to a place of safety.

Right of Way During Movement: Insofar as practical, movements shall be confined to a single traffic lane and shall be made in such a manner that the rest of the roadway will be open at all times so the flow of other traffic will not unnecessarily be obstructed. Also, insofar as practicable, other traffic will be given the right-of-way over this movement. The driver shall remove the vehicle from the roadway when necessary to allow an accumulation of traffic to pass or when so directed by a police officer.

Speed: Maximum speed shall be 45 m.p.h. on all permit movements or 5m.p.h. above the minimum posted speed limit, EXCEPT when otherwise specified in the permit. Legal weight, legal height movements up to and including 10 ft. wide are allowed to travel at the legal maximum speed limit.

Legal Height Movements: Permit authority is not required for the movement of vehicle(s), inclusive of load, not exceeding the legal height limitation of 13 ft 6 inches established in chapter 15, The Illinois vehicle code. Therefore, no action is taken by the Department, either separately or in conjunction with authorizing an otherwise oversize or overweight movement, to ensure adequate clearance of structures for a vehicle(s), inclusive of load, not exceeding 13 ft 6 in. overall height.

Red Flags: The extremities of all oversize vehicles, vehicle combinations or loads, and all protruding objects shall be marked with clean red flags not less than 18 inches square.

Escort Vehicles: One escort vehicle will be required on all loads more than 14 ft. 6 in. and two vehicles for 16 ft. wide or greater. Escort vehicles shall display red flags at the extremities, display "OVER SIZE LOAD" signs, be equipped with an operating rotating or flashing amber light mounted on top, and be operated by properly licensed operators at least 18 years of age. A pole for measuring vertical clearances shall be mounted on the lead escort vehicle for moves in excess of 14 ft. 6 in. in height. The driver of the escort vehicle must be in radio contact with the driver of the permit vehicle.

Restrictions in Cook Counts: Movements exceeding 10ft in width, 13ft 6in in height, and 88,000 pounds gross weight are prohibited on the expressways in Cook County, except Interstate 80, Interstate 57 from US Route 6 (159th Street) south, Illinois 394 from Interstate Route 80 South. Interstate Route 290 north of St. Charles Road and Illinois Route 53.

Within the area bounded by 95th street, Illinois Route 50 (Cicero Ave.), Illinois Route 38 (Roosevelt Road), Central Avenue, Touhy Avenue, and Lake Michigan that is in the City of Chicago, and on expressways in Cook County north of Interstate Route 80 and east of Illinois Route 83, permit movements not exceeding 10 ft in width are authorized between the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm (until noon on Saturday). Movements exceeding 10ft but less than 12ft in width are authorized only between the hours of 7:00pm and 6:00am. Moves 12ft or more in width must be made between midnight and 6:00am. Movements exceeding 10ft in width and having an origin or destination within this area may travel during hours of darkness in Cook County for a distance of up to 10 miles outside the nearest boundary of this area.

Movements over 12 ft in width within Cook County that are not subject to the restrictions in paragraph “B” are authorized only between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:00pm (until noon on Saturday).

Contact should be made with the City of Chicago (312.744.4696) regarding permit requirements for movements on all streets and highways within the city other than the expressways.

House Trailers: The overall width of the house trailer includes doorknobs, awnings, or any other attachments. The towing unit of house trailers over 8 feet but not more than 10 feet wide shall be at least 3/4-ton truck. The towing vehicle of a house trailer over 10 feet but not more than 12 feet wide shall be at least a 1 -ton truck with dual wheels. The towing vehicle of a house trailer over 12 feet but not more than 14 feet wide shall be at least a 2-ton truck with dual wheels. Movement of house trailers over 12 feet wide is prohibited when wind gusts exceed 25 mph.

Special Provisions

  • Check heights of structures prior to move to ensure adequate clearance.
  • While crossing non-Interstate structures, slow to 10 mph, keep all other traffic off, and rise center line of bridge on: (a) Bridges located lb) All bridges.
  • To ensure the safety of other traffic: (a) One escort vehicle shall be provided. (b) Two escort vehicles shall be provided, a height pole shall be mounted on the lead vehicle.
  • Booms on cranes and similar construction equipment shall be adequately secured to prevent movement while in transit.
  • While crossing all Interstate structures, hold minimum speed and maintain 300 ft. interval on all Interstate highway structures.

Underage Drinking

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

What parents should know:

  • As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission. 
  • You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. 
  • You are deemed to have permitted the use of your residence for persons less than 21 years of age to consume alcohol if you knowingly authorize, enable or permit the use of alcohol to occur by failing to control access to either the residence or the alcoholic liquor maintained in the residence.

If you break the law:

  • Under Illinois law, you can face a sentence of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. In the event a serious injury or death occurs, you can be charged with a felony and face a sentence of up to 3 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Others may be able to sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property.
  • Names and addresses of those charged with permitting underage drinking in their homes may be published in Burr Ridge, Chicago and national newspapers.

Things you can do as a parent:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to persons under 21.
  • Be at home when your teen has a party. 
  • Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
  • Create enjoyable alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.