Yesterday, the House voted unanimously 116-0 concur with the Senate on HB 2383, legislation filed by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) known as Mason’s Law.
“Mason’s Law is a step in the right direction to raise awareness and increase safety to our dangerous intersections and crosswalks. Careless drivers who seriously injure pedestrians should not be getting off with a simple slap on the wrist,” stated Rep. Parkhurst.
Mason’s Law fixes a loophole in the law which allowed drivers who seriously injure pedestrians only get a small fine. The law already permits the Secretary of State to revoke a license if an accident results in death.
“First and foremost this is about creating a deterrent to careless driving and keeping pedestrians safe, especially those in school zones,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), chief sponsor of the legislation in the Illinois Senate. “If someone breaks the rules of the road and injures a pedestrian, they should receive a more serious punishment than a simple fine.”
HB 2383 is now at the governor’s desk to sign.