speeding ticket

New Illinois law makes speeding 26 mph over the limit a crime

March 28, 2014
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Illinois tollway drivers are finding out that state laws on speeding aren’t what they used to be. Drivers used to have to worry about misdemeanor charges only when speeding more than 30 MPH over the limit. But under a new law in 2014, a motorist can get a misdemeanor driving even slower than that. The […]

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New laws in Illinois increase penalties for speeding tickets

July 3, 2010
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The laws against speeding in Illinois got tougher on July 2, 2010 when Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law aimed at persons driving 100 mph or faster. The law has two important parts: Speeding 31 mph over the Limit is a Class B Misdemeanor Speeding 31 mph in excess of the limit is no […]

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What is the law on failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident in Illinois?

March 28, 2010
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After a traffic accident, the person who the police officer believes is at fault will get a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident is a petty offense. A petty offense in Illinois is punishable by fine only, with a maximum fine of $1,000. […]

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I got a speeding ticket in Illinois. What is the fine, and will it suspend my driver’s license?

March 20, 2010
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Many people believe they can pay a speeding ticket and the matter is taken care of. However, a speeding ticket can result in driver’s license suspension. Under certain circumstances, a speeding ticket can cause a revoked license. In almost every case of a suspension or revocation, it sneaks up on the driver. For example, the […]

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How many times can I get court supervision for traffic tickets in Illinois?

March 11, 2010
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Court supervision is the minimum sentence in Illinois and allows the charge(s) to be dismissed after a period of time and compliance with certain conditions. For most traffic law offenders, court supervision is 60-120 days (two to four months), but the standard is 90 days (three months). The court will usually sentence the defendant to […]

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What are the penalties in Illinois for speeding in a school zone?

March 3, 2010
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Speeding in a school zone is a petty offense under the Illinois Vehicle Code. A petty offense is punishable by a fine only. For most petty offenses, the maximum fine in traffic court is $1,000. A ticket for speeding in a school zone is a serious traffic offense because it can result in the Secretary […]

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How many traffic tickets can I get before my Illinois driver’s license is suspended?

February 25, 2010
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Too many traffic tickets in one year will cause the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend your driver’s license. The rule is, 3 convictions for moving violations in 12 months will result in suspension. The suspension is mandatory, not discretionary. In fact, it is applied by a computer program, not a person working for the […]

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I got pulled over going 40 MPH over the speed limit. Is this ticket serious?

February 20, 2010
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Driving 40 miles per hour or more over the speed limit in Illinois is not just a traffic ticket. It is a criminal offense. See 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5. Speeding 40 MPH or more over the posted limit is a Class A misdemeanor offense. The offense used to be called aggravated speeding. In Illinois, a Class […]

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