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Illinois Changes Driver’s License Suspensions

| Mar 24, 2021 | Criminal Defense, in Traffic Violations, Traffic Violations |

On February 22, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 3653 into law as Public Act 101-0652.  This has been dubbed the “SAFE-T Act” and is commonly referred to as the “New Justice Reform Bill”.

Like most legislation, this bill that has now become law is several hundred pages long.  In order to provide useful information that is of interest to our clients, our firm will be posting a series of blogs to explain different provisions of the law.

Also, the new law no longer allows a person’s driving privileges to be suspended for failing to complete a required traffic education program or pay a fine or penalty as a result of a combination of 5 violations of the automated traffic law enforcement system, such as a red-light camera.

These changes in the law essentially make it so that Illinois residents will not lose their Driver’s License over issues related to the payment of fines.  But beware: there are still many reasons a Driver’s License may be suspended, such as in DUI cases or where there are other threats to public safety.

Please check back to our website each week to review more concise information about this legislation.