New law in Illinois toughens stance on speeders

| Friday, July 15, 2005

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill into law July 7 to toughen up one of the state’s highway safety laws. The bill previously swept through the Legislature.

The new law, previously HB767, increases penalties for some offenses if committed by a person who is also speeding.

A court is allowed to 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 new rule took effect once the governor signed it.

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