New Tougher Laws Designed to Make Roads SaferAuthor/Presenter: Filas, Lee
Jeff Heath, the Illinois Department of Transportation construction worker from downstate Jersey County, was directing traffic nearly two years ago when he was struck and killed by a speeding pickup truck and trailer that lost control. The truck driver was cited for the accident but avoided jail time because he was not charged with reckless homicide with a vehicle. That changes June 1 when “Jeff’s Law” goes into effect. Under the new law, a person is automatically assumed to be driving recklessly if traveling more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit or driving drunk through a school or construction zone. It is one of two new laws to fight both drunken driving and work zone accidents. The second is the interlock DUI law, which begins Jan. 1 and requires some people convicted of their first drunken driving offense to blow into a Breathalyzer device before their car will start.