To protect Illinois motorists and increase public safety, State Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) passed three pieces of meaningful legislation out of the House of Representatives today.
"When we get in our cars, we concentrate on getting to our destination and too often take our safety for granted,” said D’Amico. “Unfortunately, our roads are not as safe as they should be and there are almost three traffic related deaths in Illinois every day. These measures are important steps towards making our roads safer.”
House Bill 1009, also known as Kelsey’s law, strengthens the state’s graduated driver’s license (GDL) program. Under D’Amico’s legislation, a person under the age of 18 would be prohibited from obtaining a driver’s license if they caused serious injury to another party while driving. The measure also allows a court to invalidate any driver’s license or learning permit if the holder is found to have contributed to a severe injury or traffic fatality. D’Amico also passed House Bill 1010 today. Known as Patricia’s Law, the legislation aims to prevent individuals who have caused the death of another person through a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code from being eligible for court supervision.
To further protect Illinois roads, D’Amico introduced House Bill 1247, which prohibits drivers from using hand-held electronic devices, including cell phones while driving. The bill would require drivers to use a headset and operate electronic devices in hands-free mode, and will help law enforcement officials crack down on distracted driving. Seventy-six communities currently have bans on cell phone use. This bill would create uniformity across the state.
“Distracted driving is a growing problem in Illinois and across the country,” said D’Amico. “By requiring people to use hands-free options, we are significantly reducing the risk of traffic accidents. I am committed to ensuring that our friends and family stay safe on the roads.”
D’Amico’s legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration. For more information, contact Rep. D’Amico’s constituent service office at (773) 736-0218.