Illinois puts ‘excessive speeders’ on notice

| 12/22/2010

Motorists in Illinois with a need for excessive speed will soon risk stiffer punishment.

On Jan. 1, 2011, a new law takes effect that addresses concerns about “excessive speeders.” Those concerns were raised when a Chicago Tribune report showed that Chicago-area courts have given a special probation to nearly two-thirds of speeders traveling at least 100 mph. The probation has allowed offenders to keep tickets off their driving records.

The new law makes it a Class B misdemeanor to speed 30 to 39 mph above the limit. Punishment could include six months in jail and a $1,500 fine. It also prohibits judges from issuing court supervision to anyone found guilty of driving at least 40 mph in excess of the speed limit. Exceeding the speed limit by 40 mph could result in a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White proposed the stricter punishment. He said drivers have no business driving more than 100 mph.

“Excessive speeders pose a greater risk to the public, and such reckless behavior does not merit court supervision,” White previously said in a statement.

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