State’s New Bill Would Legalize Fuzzy Dice
In a Nutshell:
- Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias and State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) have proposed House Bill 2389, which would legalize hanging items such as air fresheners and rosaries from rearview mirrors in vehicles.
- Currently, Illinois law prohibits such practices, as it’s believed they could obstruct a motorist’s vision, sometimes leading to unnecessary and potentially violent encounters with law enforcement.
- The bill, which aims to prevent police from pulling over motorists solely for having items dangling from their mirrors, passed the Illinois House on March 24 and is awaiting a Senate floor vote.
In Illinois, the common car practice of hanging air fresheners, rosaries, and disability placards from rearview mirrors, is currently a no-go. But that could all change faster than you can say “new car smell.”
State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), backed by Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, is driving forward with House Bill 2389.
This proposed legislation aims to take away the power of the police to pull over motorists just for having items dangling from their rearview mirror.
This shift in the air isn’t just the scent of your vanilla-scented tree freshener. The bill passed the Illinois House on March 24 and is now parked waiting for a floor vote in the Senate.
If successful, this will be a major win for anyone who prefers their vehicle to smell like a tropical paradise or those seeking spiritual protection on their daily commute.
Currently, Illinois law prohibits items from hanging from a rearview mirror or being stuck to a windshield, arguing that they can obstruct a motorist’s vision.
While it might seem a minor detail, this has been a cause for unnecessary and sometimes violent confrontations between police and drivers.
The question is, should a swinging air freshener really be a trigger for such drama? Are we ready to live in a world where a miniature boxing glove can throw you into the ring with the law?
If House Bill 2389 gets the green light, Illinois will make a bold statement: our fuzzy dice, graduation tassels, and yes, our aromatic little trees, will sway free and proud.
So, buckle up, Illinois drivers, and keep your eyes on the rearview mirror. Changes may be closer than they appear!
May 14, 2023 at 7:26 pm
Don’t these politicians have more important things to do?