Batinick Legislation for Earlier School Zone Speed Limits Signed into Law

Plainfield – Last Friday, legislation introduced by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code was signed into law by Governor Pritzker. HB343 moves the time school days begin in the Illinois Vehicle Code from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. in regards to speed limits when passing schools. The bill received wide bipartisan support when it was presented in the House this spring during legislative session, and it went out to receive unanimous approval in the Senate.

“It’s great to see this commonsense safety measure for Illinois students signed into law,” said Rep. Batinick. “HB343 will create a safer environment for our students starting their school days earlier in the morning and I’m glad to see it implemented across Illinois.”

“Reckless driving presents a very real threat to our communities and should be discouraged everywhere, especially around schools,” Senator Loughran Cappel said. “This expansion of safety guidelines to accommodate the busy schedules of our students represents a commitment to public safety at home and across the state.”

This legislation will apply to primary, secondary, or nursery schools that are public, private, or religious. The school day in the Illinois Vehicle Code will remain concluding at 4:00 p.m.

This is the first piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Batinick signed into law in the 102nd General Assembly.