By: Carly O'Keefe
The revised law applies to drivers who damage a car or cause injury or death and flee the scene of the accident.
Union County Prosecutor Allen James says the revised law won't necessarily make it easier for police catch those drivers; but it does send a strong message that hit-and-run drivers cannot get away with the crime and there may be consequences even years later.
"With any hit and run the longer time goes by, the harder it is to solve the crime. It does however give us some time, that if something does show up in the future, we can take advantage of that and prosecute the case,” said James.
James says there is no statute of limitations on murder in Illinois. However a driver could potentially get away with vehicular homicide if not caught within the three-year time period.