An American Automobile Association study found that speeding triples the likelihood of a driver's involvement in a car accident. Even with this fact, many drivers continue to speed, but is getting to the destination a few minutes faster worth the risk? Illinois legislators don't think so. Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed Julie's Law in July which increases the penalties for speeders.
Details of the New Law
Julie's Law increases the penalties on drivers by lessening the availability of court ordered supervision for excessive speeders. Supervision is a type of probation and one of its benefits is that it has the potential to allow drivers to not have moving violations appear on their driving records.
Previously, judges could order supervision for drivers speeding up to 40 miles per hour over the speed limit. The new law disallows judges from ordering supervision when a driver is exceeding the speed limit by 31 miles per hour or more on the highway or 25 miles per hour or more on other roads.
Julie's law is named for a young girl who was killed in 2011. The driver, who was excessively speeding at 76 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, had quite the record. The driver, however, was granted supervision seven times for his excessive speeding. The grants of supervision let him keep his license. Julie's parents were a strong force in advocating for the law and attended the signing ceremony.
Less Speeding Equals Safer Roads
Illinois residents should feel a little safer now because of this law. Speeding kills and causes serious injury. Advocates of the law hope that attention will be brought to the dangers of speeding. Some people will lose their licenses but if that is what it takes to enhance safety and save lives, that is what is necessary.
Other bills that were signed during the ceremony were also designed to enhance road safety. Three bills were signed regarding cell phone use in cars. One criminalizes the use of cell phones in all work zones and another illegalizes all cell phone use by commercial drivers. The third bill disallows the public from taking photos with their phones within 500 feet of an emergency scene.
This bill will help to reduce injuries from car accidents caused by speeding. Speeding is not the only problem on Illinois roads. Other issues such as distracted driving will continue to cause serious injuries and even death. Illinois residents injured in car accidents and families of those that were killed should contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help those suffering recover for their losses.