Illinois Senate approves bill targeting 'excessive speeders'

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 4/9/2012

More of the state’s worst violators of speed rules could soon face stiffer punishment for their poor decisions.

Intended to reduce instances of reckless driving on Illinois roadways, state law now 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.

Supervisions allow speeders to pay a fine and, in some instances, attend traffic school to avoid having violations added to their driving record.

The Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill, dubbed “Julie’s Law,” to take the option of court supervision away from drivers who break the posted speed limit by more than 25 mph on local roads and 30 mph on highways. It now moves to the House for further consideration.

The bill is named for Julie Gorczynski. The 17-year-old from Frankfort, IL, was killed last year in a crash when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle allegedly traveling 76 mph in a 40 mph zone.

The speeding driver reportedly had accumulated seven court supervisions for excessive speeding.

Rich Gorczynski, Julie’s father, said the bill would put a consequence for speeding in everyone’s mind.

“You can’t get out there and put your foot to the floor, drive any way you want, and not have a consequence,” Rich Gorczynski said in a statement.

The bill – SB2888 – is awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

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