Frankfort Teen's Tragic Death Inspires Proposed State Traffic Law
The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Maggie Crotty in memory of Julie Gorczynski, would mandate stiffer penalties for speeders in certain situations, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Proposed legislation that would require tougher penalties for drivers traveling at least 25 mph over the speed limit was passed by the State Senate on Friday, a Chicago Tribune report stated.
The measure--known as Julie's Law--was sponsored by Sen. Maggie Crotty (D-Oak Forest) in remembrance for Julie Gorczynski, a Lincoln-Way North High School student who died in a car crash in Orland Park last year.
Gorczynski, 17, of Frankfort, was killed last June after the 1997 Jeep Cherokee she was riding was hit by a 2009 Mazda driven by a 21-year-old man from Lemont. The Mazda was traveling at least 76 mph in a 40-mph zone, the Tribune report stated. Gorczynski would have turned 18 in less than a week.
The legislation would not allow court supervision for drivers ticketed for traveling more than 25 mph over the limit in an urban area, according to the report. The proposed law was passed 46-0 and moves on to the House.
YOUR TURN: What do you think of the proposed law? Does it do enough to curb drivers from traveling at dangerous speeds in residential and urban areas? Is it a good way to remember Gorczynski?