Sen. LaHood appointed to transportation committee

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

In December, State Senator Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, was appointed to serve on Secretary of State Jesse White's Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety.  Last week, LaHood and the committee met for the first time to discuss a variety of traffic-related issues including abuse of disabled parking placards.

“I am grateful to have been given the chance to continue working with transportation issues in Illinois by serving on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety,” says LaHood.  “Our transportation system is a vital lifeline for Illinois.  I am proud to be able to work so closely with an issue that is of such importance to the daily lives of Illinois citizens and look forward to working with the committee to guarantee safety in our transportation system.”

The first meeting of the advisory committee focused primarily on abuses of the disability parking program.  The committee looked at tougher penalties for the offense of using a deceased person’s parking placard. Better enforcement of these violations was also a topic of discussion at the meeting.

The Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety was created in the fall of 2011 by House Joint Resolution 35 to look at all aspects of traffic safety.  The committee’s goal is to determine legislative and administrative actions that can be taken to lower the number of traffic related fatalities in Illinois as well as examining other traffic related issues.