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IL defense attorneyPeople who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) are typically held to a higher standard than that of your everyday driver. This is because the types of vehicles that commercial drivers typically drive are much larger and heavier duty than normal vehicles. To get a commercial driver’s license, applicants must go through a rigorous process that involves passing a written examination, having a specific number of practice hours and then passing a driving test. When a person holds a CDL, they must be careful not to commit any missteps because they could not only affect their employment but their entire future. Here are a few common mistakes that CDL holders make:

  • Not making sure your vehicle is serviced adequately. Sometimes, truck accidents are not necessarily caused by something the driver did or did not do while on the road. Sometimes accidents can be caused by improper maintenance procedures. The state of Illinois requires certain routine maintenance to be conducted by truck drivers and mechanics to ensure a safe vehicle.
  • Following other vehicles too closely. Especially for new CDL holders, gauging the stopping distance needed for a commercial motor vehicle can often be tricky. Following other vehicles too closely can be dangerous because you may not always be able to stop in time if they break. CMV’s often need more time to stop because of their large size.
  • Driving while you are drowsy. Driving while you are tired is not technically illegal, but it is a type of impaired driving. If you are operating a CMV while you are sleepy, you are putting yourself and others on the road at risk of an accident.
  • Not having the right endorsements on your CDL. There are certain endorsements that must be on your CDL for you to legally drive that class of vehicle. These endorsements are determined by the weight of the vehicle and the type of CMV you are driving. For example, if you are the driver of a vehicle that carries passengers, you must have the (P) endorsement on your CDL to be compliant with the law.

An Oak Brook, IL CDL Violation Defense Attorney Can Help

Even though CDL holders are typically held to a higher standard than other drivers, it is important to realize that they make mistakes just like everyone else. It is also important to realize, however, that those mistakes could come at a higher cost. If you have been issued a ticket and you hold a CDL, you should get in touch with a DuPage County CDL violation defense lawyer. At Myers Law LLC, we can help you fight against any traffic ticket you may be facing so you can protect your CDL. To schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation, call our office today at 844-9-THE-LAW.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_speeding_20200302-175748_1.jpgTraffic courts are typically some of the busiest courts across the country. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Traffic Stop Study, there were more than 863,000 traffic citations issued in 2018 by Illinois police officers. Reasons can range from moving violations to equipment or registration violations. Perhaps the most common moving violation, officers are not afraid to issue speeding tickets to drivers who disobey the law. Just speeding afew miles over the speed limit will typically result in a petty offense ticket, meaning you must pay the fine and accept the points to your driving record. If you excessively speed, however, you could be issued a traffic ticket accusing you of aggravated speeding, which carries consequences that are much more serious.

What Is Aggravated Speeding?

The state of Illinois defines aggravated speeding as a misdemeanor offense that occurs when a person drives 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. The level of misdemeanor charge that the driver is charged with when they are issued a ticket depends on the actual recorded rate of travel. Traveling between 26 and 34 miles per hour over the speed limit is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. If you are traveling 35 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, you will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is the most serious type of misdemeanor and is one step away from a felony.

What Kind of Penalties Can I Expect from an Aggravated Speeding Charge?

If you are charged with a Class B misdemeanor aggravated speeding offense, the law states that you can face up to six months in prison and fines between $75 and $1,500. If you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor aggravated speeding offense, you can face up to one year in prison and fines between $75 and $2,500.

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IL defense lawyerThere are hundreds of traffic laws that drivers must obey when they operate a vehicle in Illinois. Violating any of these laws can result in expensive fines and depending on the offense, even criminal charges or jail time. One of the more significant changes that went into place recently was to Scott’s Law, which exists to protect police officers and other law enforcement officials when they are stopped on the side of the road. According to the Illinois State Police, 27 stationary police cars were hit in 2019, killing three officers. Now, increased fines have been put into place for violations of Scott’s Law and other traffic laws.

Changes to Scott’s Law

In 2002, Scott’s Law was passed after a first responder was struck and killed while performing a traffic stop. The law requires drivers to switch lanes when a police officer or other authorized personnel is pulled over on the side of the road. If it is not safe or if the driver is unable to do so, they are required to slow down.

Illinois State Police state that there were more than 5,800 tickets issued for violations of Scott’s Law in 2019, while in 2018, there were only 738 tickets issued for the same thing. The updates to the law have increased fines for a first offense from $100 to $250. Second and subsequent violations carry a minimum fine of $750. All Scott’s Law violators will also be charged an additional $250 to fund education about the law.

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