Senate passes legislation aimed at protecting pedestrians

Drivers who violate right of way rules and injure pedestrians in crosswalks could soon receive a 1 year driver’s license suspension, due to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) in the Senate and filed by Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) in the Illinois House.

 “First and foremost this about creating a deterrent to careless driving and keeping pedestrians safe, especially those in school zones,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). “If someone breaks the rules of the road and injures a pedestrian, they should receive a more serious punishment than a simple fine.”

House Bill 2383 would require a 1-year suspension of an individual’s driver’s license if they commit a right-of-way violation at a crosswalk or a crosswalk in a school zone that results in bodily harm or death. The legislation was filed by Parkhurst in response to the death of Iroquois resident Mason Knorr, who was killed in a traffic crash when a semi failed to obey a posted stop sign.

“Mason’s Law is a step in the right direction to raise awareness and increase safety to our dangerous intersections and crosswalks,” said Representative Parkhurst.

House Bill 2383 passed the Senate unanimously on May 21 and is now headed back to the House for a concurrence vote.

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