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Government State

Ill. may get tougher on excessive speeding

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois may get tougher on drivers who don't just break the speed limit but shatter it.

The state Senate voted Friday to deny the option of court supervision when drivers break the limit by certain amounts: over 25 mph on city streets and over 30 mph on highways.

Supervision lets speeders pay a fine and perhaps attend traffic school to avoid a permanent stain on their driving record.

Sen. Maggie Crotty of Oak Forest says a teenager from her district died in an accident caused by an excessive speeder with seven previous citations that all resulted in supervision.

She calls her proposal Julie's Law in honor of her constituent. It passed 46-0 and moves to the House floor.

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The bill is SB2888.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov/

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