House Bill 1010, named Patricia’s Law, takes effect Jan. 1 2014 and will crack down on the issuance of court supervision for drivers involved in fatal crashes. Named in honor of Patricia McNamara who was killed in an automobile crash in which the driver received court supervision, the law will ensure that drivers involved in fatal crashes are ineligible for court supervision unless they have maintained a clean driving history. Under current law, drivers involved in fatal crashes may seek and obtain court supervision.
“I applaud Governor Quinn for signing these important traffic safety bills into law,” said White. “While these three laws will help make Illinois roads safer, I will continue working vigilantly to improve programs and strengthen laws aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and injuries. Illinois has become a national leader in traffic safety and, in order to maintain this distinction, we cannot rest on our laurels.”