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b2ap3_thumbnail_license-points.jpgThere are a variety of things that happen when you are issued a traffic ticket; you may have to pay a fine, appear in traffic court or depending on the severity of the action, you could even be arrested. One of the things that many drivers do not realize is that any time you are convicted of a traffic violation, you also have points added to your Illinois driving record. Accumulating too many points is not good and could result in your driver’s license being suspended for a period of time. Understanding the Illinois driver’s license points system is important so that you can keep yourself out of trouble.

What is the Driver’s License Points System?

In most states throughout the U.S., there is some version of a points system that all drivers are subject to, though they may operate differently. The purpose of the points system in Illinois is to identify potentially dangerous drivers and get them off the road before they could seriously hurt themselves or others. Every time you are convicted of a traffic violation or you pay your traffic ticket, you earn points against your license. The number of points you earn is directly dependent on the nature of the violation. Typically, lesser violations will carry fewer points, while more serious violations will carry more points.

For example, here are some of the most common traffic violations and the points that they carry:

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IL defense lawyerWhen it is time for your teen to get behind the wheel of the car on their own, it can be a scary experience for some parents. Letting your teen drive without you in the vehicle means you hope they know well enough to practice safe driving behaviors on the road. Unfortunately, when many teens head out on the road, they do not always follow the rules, which can lead to deadly consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers. Here are a few different behaviors that are common for teen drivers that are not only dangerous but could also land them a traffic ticket or more:

Distracted Driving

In general, distracted driving occurs when the driver’s attention is taken away from the task of driving for any reason. One of the most common ways drivers are distracted while they are driving is because of electronic devices such as cell phones. In Illinois, it is illegal for anyone, including teenagers, to text while driving. In addition, it is illegal for teens under the age of 19 to use even a hands-free device while they are driving. Violation of these laws could result in fines ranging from $75-$150. If your teen causes an accident because of the fact they were using an electronic device, they could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges.

Speeding

Teens are also notorious for disregarding speed limits. There are many reasons why people speed, but teens tend to speed because they either were distracted while they were driving and did not take note of the speed limit, or they knew of the speed limit but decided to disregard it anyway. A speeding ticket could result in expensive fines and if your teen was speeding enough, they could even be facing misdemeanor criminal charges.

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IL traffic lawyerSpeeding is one of the most common ways people earn themselves a traffic ticket. In Illinois, even if you are only going one or two miles per hour over the limit, you can still technically be issued a speeding ticket. The fact of the matter is, speeding is illegal and speed limits exist for the safety of drivers on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were more than 311,600 traffic crashes on Illinois roadways in 2017. Of those crashes, more than 33 percent or one-third of crashes were caused in some part by speeding. Penalties for speeding can be rather harsh for this reason, but the consequences become much worse if you are caught speeding in a restricted zone.

What Qualifies as a Speed Restricted Zone?

Though it is illegal to speed on any road in Illinois, there are certain areas in which speeding can be even more dangerous to other drivers, yourself and anyone else on the road. These areas, such as school zones and construction zones, carry a much higher risk of injuring or killing someone if you lost control of the vehicle. To discourage people from speeding, both law enforcement officials and lawmakers have agreed that penalties for speeding in these areas should be more severe.

Penalties for Speeding in Restricted Zones

Speeding in a school zone or construction zone is taken very seriously in Illinois and the penalties prove it. The following consequences exist when you are caught speeding in a restricted zone:

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