Upcoming motorcycle laws

By WEEK Producer

December 30, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM CDT

"If the motorcycle is driving down the road riding a wheelie and they are exceeding the speed limit, it is a minimum $100 fine. There's court costs on top of that which can bring the fine amount up to close to $400 in most counties in this area.," said Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce.

Police say both of these laws are an effort to help keep motorcyclists and other drivers safer on our roads starting this new year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Motorcyclists need to prepare for the law to crack down on the height of their handlebars and doing wheelies.

Starting in January, motorcycle handlebars will have to be below the height of the rider's head.

The popular "monkey bars" are not illegal, they just cannot break this new regulation.

And any motorcyclist caught riding a 'wheelie' should expect harsher penalties.

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