Death of a cyclist sparks update in IL driver’s manual

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (AP) — A new entry will be added to the Illinois 2017 publication of the official “Rules of Road” after a suburban Chicago mother of five was struck and killed by an SUV while riding her bike in a crosswalk.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2e0Vxfp ) that although the entry has not yet been written it will explain that when the crosswalk signal is activated and the lights are flashing, drivers need to stop until pedestrians and bicyclists have safely crossed the road.

Dave Drucker, a spokesman for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, confirmed the new entry for 2017 and says the office is grateful to Illinois State Rep. David Harris for making the request for change.

The entry was prompted by the June death of 55-year-old Joni Beaudry of Mount Prospect.