Quinn signs law ensuring licenses for illegal immigrant

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Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 957  into law Sunday, a bill that will help ensure every Illinois motorist, including the 250,000 illegal immigrant motorists, be properly licensed to drive.

Quinn, an early supporter of the bill says, unlicensed drivers present a serious, but preventable safety risk to all Illinois drivers.

“There`s a passage in scripture, if you save one life you save the world and that`s why we`re here today -coming together to save lives, said Gov. Pat Quinn.”

According to the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition, unlicensed, uninsured drivers are involved in almost 80,000 accidents in Illinois each year, resulting in $660 million in damage.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, the Chief senate sponsor of the bill said bi-partisan cooperation helped get the historic legislation passed.

In order to qualify for a temporary driver’s license OR T-V-D-L, applicants not eligible for a social security number, must have lived in Illinois for more than a year. An applicant must pass a driving safety test and carry auto insurance.

The driver’s license cannot be used as official identification and can be revoked if a license-holder is found not carrying insurance.

Senate Bill 957 goes into effect 10 months from today.