05302021CM1208 rSPRINGFIELD – The Roadside Memorial and DUI Memorial Marker programs will be expanded to include all victims of traffic fatalities under legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) that was signed into law Friday.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous things that we do every single day, even if we’re sober and alert. We need to make sure that we are not driving while impaired or distracted, for our own safety and the safety of others,” Connor said. “By expanding our memorial program, not only do we offer families a way to remember their loved ones, but we give a reminder to all drivers in Illinois how important it is to be focused and aware when driving.”

The current Roadside Memorial and DUI Memorial Marker programs only memorialize victims of DUIs and reckless driving, but House Bill 365 would allow memorials to include victims of all traffic fatalities. The legislation is intended to remind all drivers to be alert and cautious while driving in an effort to prevent future fatalities.

“Illinoisans cannot afford to forget the many lives that have ended prematurely because of impaired driving,” Smith said. “We need physical reminders for motorists to better understand that no matter the situation, your decision to drive under the influence of a mind-altering substance not only jeopardizes your own life, but the lives of many others, including children. I think it's a good idea to remind everyone about what's at stake when you get behind the wheel impaired, and I'm thankful to Senator Connor for championing this measure in the Senate."

The law will go into effect immediately.

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