SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To crack down on dangerous drivers who flee the scene of an accident, state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, recently passed a new law strengthening the penalties for intoxicated or distracted drivers that hit and run.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is wrong and extremely dangerous. In a time when every minute counts, it makes it harder for first responders and other law enforcement to help those involved in the accident,” said Reitz. “Drivers that are distracted or are under the influence and cause an accident should be held accountable for their actions, and this new law cracks down on those that make the irresponsible decision to flee the scene of an accident.”

Reitz sponsored Senate Bill 1750, which adds an aggravating factor in sentencing on any person who causes an accident by being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or distracted by an electronic device and then flees the scene. This legislation was brought to area legislators by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office in an effort to discourage the growing problem of intoxicated or distracted drivers causing an accident and then leaving the scene to avoid a lesser charge. Reitz’s measure was recently signed into law and took effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

“I am proud to stand with law enforcement by passing this new law, which will help our police and prosecutors do their jobs and hold dangerous drivers responsible,” continued Reitz. “I will continue working to close dangerous loopholes in the law as a part of my continued efforts to build a stronger Illinois and keep our communities safe for Southern Illinois families.

For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or RepNReitz@gmail.com.

Rep. Nathan ReitzRep. Nathan Reitz

116th District

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