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New speeding law: "Julie's Law" goes into effect

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Drivers, if you have a lead foot, get ready to suffer the consequences.

A new law in Illinois took effect Monday, July 1st, with harsh new punishments for extreme speeders.

Quincy police tell WGEM that North 12th near the train bridge is Quincy's worst area for speeders during the day.

Now "Julie's Law" will make it so that excessive speeders can no longer get court supervision.

It's cars that whiz by like this, that Illinois lawmakers are looking to stop, with Julie's Law.

Julie's Law prohibits excessive speeders from getting court supervision: a non-reporting form of probation in which the offense disappears from a driver's record.

If a driver is going 31 mph over the speed limit in a rural area or 25 mph over the speed limit in the city, they now have to pay thousands in fines or even spend time in jail.

It's something Asst. States Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi says is a good thing.

"Think about Broadway for example, the speed limit on Broadway the most populated area is 30 mph, so imagine 25 over would be someone going 55 mph, that person doesn't need to have supervision."

Julie's law is named after Julie Gorczysnski, a Chicago suburb teen, who lost her life in 2011 after being struck by a speeding driver going 76 mph in a 40 mph zone.

The driver who collided with Gorczysnski's car had previously been placed on court supervision seven times for excessive speeding.

And it's continued wreckless driving like this that drivers say they are hopeful Julie's Law will prevent.

"We have people that speed by our house all the time and I'm always in fear of my daughters always really good about not going out into the road, but what if she would go out in the road and somebody would be going by there 50mph instead of 30mph," said Haley Hoyt.

"It's just going to protect the people around Quincy from people who are continuously speeding and going way over the speed limit, and their previous tickets aren't getting recognized because of the supervision," said Austin Wellman.

If you're caught going 31-39 mph over the speed limit that's a class "B" misdemeanor and punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1500 dollar fine.

Anything 40 mph and over, that's a class "A" misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2500 dollar fine.

 

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