The penalties for driving without auto insurance are getting tougher under a new Illinois law.
Starting next summer, uninsured drivers will lose their license for three months and have to pay a $100 fee to get it back. Anyone who drives while on suspension will lose their license for an additional six months.
The new penalty is on top of existing fines, which range from $500 to $1,000.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the new law Tuesday. It takes effect July 1, 2007.
The measure’s supporter says the previous law didn’t put enough pressure on people to buy insurance.
“The bill will make clear to motorists that driving without insurance is a serious matter with terrible results if there ever is an accident,” said the Senate sponsor, Rick Winkel, R-Urbana.
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