Batinick Bill for Earlier School Zone Speed Limits Recommended to Pass by House Committee

PLAINFIELD – On Wednesday, a bill introduced by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code was recommended “do pass” by the Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee.

Rep. Batinick’s bill, HB343, would move back the time a school day begins in the Illinois Vehicle Code from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Co-sponsoring this bill are Reps. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and Mike Murphy (R-Springfield).

“I am glad that HB343 was recommended to pass in committee,” Rep. Batinick said. “This issue was brought to me by the Plainfield Police Department, recommending this change because some Plainfield Schools start around the 7 a.m. hour, where students will be arriving to school earlier than 7:00 a.m. Applying this across Illinois is commonsense school safety. Moving this time earlier would create a safer environment for Illinois students with school start times before or around 7:00 a.m.”

HB343 would apply to primary, secondary, or nursery schools that are public, private, or religious. The updated defined school day in the Illinois Vehicle Code would begin at 6:30 a.m. and remain concluding at 4:00 p.m.