Laws are about to get tougher for Illinois speeders

Yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to prohibit sentences of court supervision for anyone who is caught speeding more than 25 miles an hour over the speed limit in an urban district, or 30 miles an hour over the speed limit anywhere else.

You can find the text of the Bill (SB2888) here.

Supervision has been described as being like “a continuance until the conclusion [at which time] the court shall discharge the defendant and enter a judgment dismissing the charges if the defendant successfully complied with the conditions of supervision.”   A supervision is not a conviction, so it would not appear on one’s public driving record, cause a suspension or revocation, or affect insurance rates.

This change in the law comes within a couple of years of our state making driving in excess of 30 miles an hour over the posted limit a Class B misdemeanor (more than 40 over is a Class A misdemeanor).

This means that anyone found guilty of driving over 30 miles over the limit will become a convicted criminal.

In my experience, the vast majority of these speeders are young men, who are probably either unaware or undeterred by these laws, and who typically have no other criminal background.  Do we really want to stick them with a criminal record merely for speeding?

Thanks to Chicago attorney Tatiana Czaplicki for making me aware of this new bill.

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