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Quinn Signs Traffic Safety Laws
Quinn Signs Traffic Safety Laws

Illinois has three new traffic laws on the books, signed Monday by the governor.

One law prohibits a court from granting supervision to a driver convicted of a traffic offense due to a fatal accident. “Court supervision is a way by which you get your license back and you pay a fine, you make have to do some community service, and I just think that that’s the wrong way to approach how we deal with individuals who have killed someone on our roads,” Secretary of State Jesse White said. The law was motivated by the death of Patricia McNamara near Huntley in McHenry County two years ago; the distracted driver in the case got supervision. (Effective: Jan. 1, 2014)

Another law says those under 18 can’t get a license or permit if they have unresolved tickets. This is a reaction to the case of a Kelsey Little, a teenager seriously injured in a crash in Minooka, in Grundy County, in 2011, involving a driver with a learner’s permit who got a license three days later. (Effective: immediately)

The third law requires driver’s education for license applicants ages 18-21 who did not take driver’s ed when they were in school. (Effective: Jan. 1, 2014)