Anti-joyriding bill passes Illinois House

| 4/19/2004

A bill in Illinois that would stiffen penalties for joyriders whose reckless driving habits lead to a traffic death has passed the state’s House of Representatives.

The bill – HB4006, introduced by Rep. Roger L. Eddy, R-Hutsonville – was approved by the lower chamber by a vote of 116-0.

Under the bill, if a driver uses an incline in the roadway – such as the approach to a railroad crossing – to make his or her vehicle go airborne, and that action leads to an accident in which someone dies, the driver would be charged with reckless homicide.

The law provides for jail time up to three years.

The bill has already moved to the Senate, where it is now before the Rules Committee.