Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich signed a bill into law Aug. 8 eliminating the statute of
limitations for drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents in the state.
Previously, drivers in
Illinois could not be held responsible for their actions unless they were
charged within three years of an incident.
The new state law,
previously HB885, gives investigators and prosecutors all the time they need to
find and bring to justice drivers who leave the scene of an accident that
results in death, injury or vehicle damage.
Blagojevich said drivers
must take responsibility for their actions when involved in a crash.
“You won’t be able to run
out the clock anymore,” Blagojevich said in a written statement.
More than 70,000 hit-and-run
accidents occur across Illinois, including minor incidents in which a motorist “taps” another vehicle and drives off, The State Journal-Register in
Springfield reported. Information wasn’t available about how many of those
accidents involved injuries or deaths.
The new law takes effect
Jan. 1, 2006.