Land of Lincoln considers tougher stance on speeders

| Monday, March 07, 2005

Illinois is trying to toughen up one of its highway safety laws with a new bill that would increase penalties for some offenses if they were committed by a person who was also speeding.

Under HB767, introduced by Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Woodstock, a court could impose more serious penalties on people who commit reckless homicide or drunken driving when they were traveling more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit when the offense was committed.

The bill was approved 16-0 March 3 by the House Judiciary Committee; it is now awaiting a final vote by the full House.