Governor Quinn Signs New Traffic Safety Legislation

On August 13, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation originally proposed by the Secretary of State in an effort to make Illinois roads safer. Among the new legislation, Kelsey’s Law (House Bill 1009) prohibits the issuance of a driver’s license to a driver under the age of 18 who has any unresolved traffic citations. Under the new law, the Secretary of State may cancel a Graduated Driver’s License (“GDL”) if it is determined that at the time of issuance the minor had an unresolved traffic citation.

The current law does not require a GDL applicant to report pending traffic citations. The law is named for Kelsey Little, who was seriously injured in a 2011 car crash with a young driver on a learner’s permit. The driver was issued a citation, however, the teen was subsequently issued a driver’s license three days later. Because of the lack of a reporting requirement, the Secretary of State was unaware of the pending citation. Kelsey’s law becomes effective January 1, 2014.

In addition, Governor Quinn signed Patricia’s Law (House Bill 1010), which prohibits the issuance of court supervision to a driver involved in a fatal crash unless the driver has maintained a clean driving history. The new law is named in honor of Patricia McNamara, who was killed in an automobile crash in which the driver received court supervision. Patricia’s law becomes effective January 1, 2014.

Secretary of State’s trio of traffic safety bills signed into law,, August 13, 2013

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