Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is excited about a couple of traffic-safety bills which have passed a House committee. Both are named for accident victims. “Kelsey’s Law” would prevent someone with an outstanding ticket incurred while on a learner’s permit from getting a graduated driver’s license. The bill is named for Kelsey Little, a Minooka teenager who was seriously hurt in an accident in which the driver got a license three days later.
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“Patricia’s Law” is named for a Rockford woman who died in a McHenry County crash reportedly caused by someone else’s distracted driving. The other driver was fined and placed on court supervision, a non-reporting form of probation which does not appear on one’s public driving record. In addition to toughening the laws, the bills have this in common: they carry the first names of the respective victims. “It’s a good thing to do,” White says of naming the laws,“because now, when you make a law in honor of someone who may have become a victim, it becomes that much more meaningful to society. And it humanizes the law.”
H.B. 1009 (Kelsey’s Law) and H.B. 1010 (Patricia’s Law) have passed the House Transportation: Vehicles and Safety Committee.