Illinois adopts road safety rules

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/12/2013

Three new laws in Illinois are intended to improve safety on the state’s roadways. The new rules make it more difficult for some of the state’s youngest drivers to get licensed and remove one punishment option for drivers involved in deadly wrecks.

“These new laws will make our roads safer for drivers and passengers by keeping more distracted and dangerous drivers from getting behind the wheel,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a news release.

The first law prohibits judges from granting supervision to people charged in fatal wrecks if they don’t have a clean driving record. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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

Another new law authorizes the Secretary of State to deny driver’s licenses or permits to anyone 18 or younger who has unresolved traffic citations. The new rule took effect immediately.

The secretary’s office can also revoke a graduated driver’s license if it’s later found that driving privileges were granted when the minor had an unresolved traffic citation.

One more rule change beefs up adult driver’s education requirements. Anyone between ages 18 and 21 who didn’t take a driver’s education course in high school must complete a six-hour adult driver training and education course before getting licensed. The law takes effect July 1, 2014.

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