The law, which takes effect July 1, 2013, bars judges from giving court supervision, a form of probation, to drivers found traveling more than 25 mph over the limit on a nonrural road or more than 30 mph on a highway. The previous law allowed the probation for drivers caught driving up to 40 mph over the limit.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed “Julie’s Law” bill at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort on July 20, 2012. The legislation was written in response to this two-vehicle crash that killed 17-year-old Julie Gorczynski one week after graduation in June 2011 when a Mazda smashed into the passenger side of her friend’s Jeep. The 21-year-old Mazda driver, Lukasz Marszalek, who had a history of speeding violations for which the courts repeatedly gave him court supervisions, was traveling at least 76 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said. The new law will tighten consequences for excessive speeders: http://bit.ly/JuliesLaw