Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation that enacts “Julie’s Law,” named after a crash victim. The law prohibits courts from granting supervision to any defendant charged with operating a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than 30 mph over the posted speed limit, or in excess of 25 mph in an urban district.
“By working together, we can deter reckless driving behavior and create safer roads across our state,” Quinn said. “These new laws will protect children and families, and prevent dangerous trends such as speeding and distracted driving.”
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Julie’s Law is named after Orland Park teen Julie Gorczysnski, who lost her life in 2011 after being struck by a speeding driver going 76 mph in a 40 mph zone. The driver who collided with Gorczysnski’s car had previously been placed on court supervision seven times for excessive speeding. The law is effective Jul. 1, 2013.