Leadfoots would get a new label under Illinois proposal

| 3/7/2005

A hearing is scheduled March 8 on a bill that would make speeding the only evidence needed to prove a charge of reckless driving in Illinois.

The bill, HB773, would declare that driving 40 mph or more over the speed limit would be “prima facie” evidence of reckless driving. The term, which roughly translates to “at first glance,” means that speeding at that level is all that’s needed to declare a person is driving recklessly.

The bill was introduced by Rep. George Scully Jr., D-Chicago Heights. A hearing on the measure is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 8, before the Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee in the Capitol Building.