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New law increases penalties for 'hill jumping,' a dangerous teenage trend

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[JULY 7, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- In an effort to prevent senseless tragedies resulting from the potentially deadly trend of "hill jumping," Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed House Bill 4006 into law July 2. The legislation, known as the "Justice for Jason" law, stiffens the penalties associated with "hill jumping." Fourteen-year-old Jason Ile was killed in June 2001 near Mount Carmel after a car in which he was riding became airborne at a high rate of speed and hit a concrete bridge abutment upon landing. The driver walked away without injury and was sentenced to perform community service.

House Bill 4006 expands the definition of reckless driving to include knowingly using an incline in a roadway to cause a vehicle to become airborne. The bill also allows a driver to be charged with reckless homicide if he or she unintentionally kills someone by "hill jumping."

Standing with Gov. Blagojevich as he signed the "Justice for Jason" law in his state Capitol office were Jason's parents, Curtis and Cathy Ile; his brothers, Michael and Steven; and the sponsors of the bill: Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville; Rep. Eddie Washington, D-Waukegan; Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington; Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon; Sen. John Jones, R-Mount Vernon; and Sen. William Haine, D-Alton.

"No family should have to suffer the kind of needless loss that the Ile family is coping with. By signing this law, we're making it clear that ‘hill jumping' is a serious form of reckless driving that now carries serious consequences," said Gov. Blagojevich.

[Description of the legislation]

[News release from the governor's office]

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