New Speeding Law Effective in Illinois

“Julie’s Law”, effective July 1, 2013, is another step toward stricter traffic laws in Illinois. The new, harsher Illinois speeding law was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on July 20, 2012. Under the new law, drivers caught speeding more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit on highways or 25 mph over in urban areas are no longer eligible for court supervision. The new sentencing law comes after laws criminalizing aggravated speeding (i.e. more than 30 mph over the limit) became effective January 1, 2011.

Court supervision is a non-conviction disposition commonly handed down to drivers with clean records. Because court supervision is not reported on a driver’s public record, the offense does not result in license consequences (i.e. suspension). In addition, court supervision is not reported to insurance providers and, in turn, does not cause rate increases. Because court supervision is no longer a legal sentence for these offenses, a conviction is the only possible sentence after a plea of guilty or finding of guilty after trial.

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