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Plainfield traffic violation attorney speeding ticket Generally, we like to drive to our daily destinations as fast as we can, and sometimes, there are reasons we need to be quick. Unfortunately, exceeding the posted speed limit can result in a driver being pulled over and issued a speeding ticket.

Speeding is a traffic violation that can have serious consequences. According to the Illinois State Police, 32 percent of all fatal car accidents are caused by drivers disobeying the speed limits. In some cases, speeding violations occur because of driver ignorance, but in others, drivers may violate speed limits because of the lack of proper signage on the road. Drivers should be sure to understand the traffic laws in Illinois and the potential penalties for a violation.

How Fast Should I Be Driving?

Each type of road has a maximum speed limit under Illinois law. If there are no speed limit signs present, drivers are responsible for knowing the proper speed based on the type of road and the conditions they encounter. The speed limits for different kinds of roads in Illinois include:

  • 65 miles per hour on interstate highways and some four-lane highways outside urban areas
  • 55 miles per hour on other highways outside urban areas
  • 30 miles per hour on urban roads
  • 15 miles per hour in urban alleys

These speed limits should be followed at all times. In addition, there are some exceptions that can change the legal speed limits, including:

  • Construction zones: Illinois law says that motorists should reduce their speed and change lanes to provide safety for workers. At some construction sites, signs are posted stating the consequences of hitting a worker to remind drivers to reduce their speed.
  • Emergency vehicles: When a driver is approaching an emergency vehicle, they are required to reduce their speed and change lanes to accommodate the vehicle. If there is an ambulance approaching, drivers should pull over to the right lane to give the ambulance as much room as possible.
  • School zones: While the speed limit in residential areas is typically 35 miles per hour, during the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, drivers are required to drive 20 miles per hour in a school zone. They must also yield to children who are crossing the road.
  • Funeral processions: Motorists must yield to cars in a funeral procession and must never drive between the cars marked as part of a procession. Cars will have an orange sticker in their windshield with their emergency blinkers lit so other motorists will know they are part of the procession.

What Happens if I Am Pulled Over for Speeding?

Illinois police typically use a hand-held radar device for measuring the speed of motorists as they pass. If the speed measured exceeds the speed limit, an officer may pull the driver over and issue a ticket based on how fast the driver was traveling. Violations will typically result in fines, and multiple violations can result in the suspension of a person’s driver’s license. In some cases, a driver may face criminal charges and jail time if another person is injured or killed in a collision that was caused by speeding.

The consequences for a speeding violation in Illinois are:

  • 1-20 miles per hour over the speed limit is a $120 fine.
  • 21-25 miles per hour over the speed limit is a $140 fine.
  • 26-34 miles per hour over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.
  • 35 miles per hour or more over the speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.

Contact a Will County Traffic Violations Lawyer

Drivers can make mistakes, even when they are taking the proper steps to follow the rules of the road. If you are facing a traffic violation that affects your license and your ability to drive, a Joliet traffic ticket lawyer from Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can examine your case and help you build a defense. For your free consultation, call our office at 815-666-1285.

Sources:

  • http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh
  • https://www.isp.state.il.us/traffic/speedlimitenf.cfm
  • https://www.drive-safely.net/illinois-speed-limit-laws

Joliet car accident attorney cell phone use In recent years, the number of tickets issued to drivers who are pulled over for using a cell phone while behind the wheel has skyrocketed. As a result, the state of Illinois is amending its laws to make cell phone usage a moving violation on the first offense. According to the original law, first offenses of distracted driving - including driving while using a cellular device - would be punishable by a $75 fine but would not be a moving violation. Any offense after the first would be considered a moving violation and include a fine; a second offense would result in a $100 fine, a third would be a $125 fine, and a fourth would be a $150 fine. Under the amended law, a first offense will be considered a moving violation. This law will go into effect on July 1, 2019, and it is intended to keep drivers more alert while operating their motor vehicles. Should an accident occur while a driver is using their phone, that individual can be convicted of a misdemeanor if another party involved suffered bodily injury from the accident. The violation will result in a felony if the distracted driver causes an accident that kills the other person involved.

How Can I Stay Safe While Driving?

It is always best if a driver can avoid any device usage while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. While the use of a cell phone, including texting while driving, is prohibited, Illinois law does allow drivers to make calls when a phone is in hands-free mode, including while using a Bluetooth headset or earpiece. Cell phone usage is not the only way a driver can become distracted while on the road. Things such as eating, applying makeup, shaving, adjusting mirrors and seats, or conversing with a passenger can cause a driver to take their attention off the road, which could result in an accident. The Illinois State Police have provided several safety tips that can help drivers avoid accidents:

  • If a call or text is so urgent that it cannot wait, pull to the side of the road and apply the car’s emergency blinkers to allow traffic to continue on safely.
  • Adjusts your seats and mirrors before getting on the road.
  • Pull over when you have to take care of your child.
  • Pull over to eat any meals.

Contact a Will County Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer

Drivers who use cell phones while driving put everyone on the road at risk, and they should be held responsible for the injuries caused by their recklessness. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor accident involving a distracted driver, a Joliet personal injury attorney at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 815-666-1285 to schedule your free consultation. Sources:

  • http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0858
  • https://www.isp.state.il.us/traffic/distractdrive.cfm
  • https://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/1-230.pdf
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