Illinois to enforce ‘Mason’s Law’ starting July 1

Authorities in Illinois will begin enforcing a new law that will allow for the one year suspension of a driver’s license for certain crosswalk and right-of-way violations.

“Mason’s Law” goes into effect on July 1, 2020, and it requires the one year suspension of a driver’s license if the driver commits a right-of-way violation at a crosswalk that results in bodily harm or death.

Prior to Mason’s Law, a driver who hurt a pedestrian in a crosswalk could be subject to just a small fine.

The law was introduced by State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst as a response to the death of Illinois resident Mason Knorr, 24, who was killed when a semi truck driver failed to obey a stop sign.

“Mason’s Law came from a concerned and grieving parent who approached me during my New Bill Roundtable,” stated Rep. Parkhurst. “With this new law, careless drivers in our intersections and school zones will not get off with a simple slap on the wrist.”