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Traffic Violations

IL traffic violation attorneyWe all know what it was like when we first got our driver’s license - freedom at last. One of the big American teenage milestones is getting your license, but according to multiple studies and statistics, teens pose a risk to themselves and other drivers when they are behind the wheel. According to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers ages 16-17 years old had a crash rate that is close to double the crash rate of drivers ages 18-19 and about 4.5 times the crash rate for drivers ages 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59. One of the best ways you can keep your teen from getting a ticket is by teaching them proper driving techniques. Here are four tips you can use to help prevent your teen from getting a ticket:

  1. Make Sure Your Teen Gets Enough Practice

This can be one of the most important things you can do because much of the teen’s driving mistakes are made because they are young and inexperienced drivers. It is recommended that teens get at least 50 hours of driving time in multiple conditions, such as nighttime driving, driving in the rain or in the snow. Fifty hours of driving practice should be enough to provide a reasonable understanding of driving, but each teen is different, so your teen could require more time.

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IL defense lawyerDriving is an important rite of passage for many young people and the day they get their driver’s license is a day of celebration. Unfortunately, nearly half of teenagers will experience a car accident before they graduate from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teenagers in 2016, specifically those between the ages of five and 24 years old. There are many reasons why teens are more likely to get into car crashes than adults, one of them being that teens are more likely to speed.

Speeding Can Be Deadly

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in about 32 percent of fatal crashes that involved teen drivers in 2016. Anyone can speed, but according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), speeding is one of the top three mistakes that teenagers make when they are learning how to drive and the NHTSA reports that teens’ speeding behavior actually gets worse as they become more comfortable with driving.

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IL traffic attorneyGetting pulled over by the police for the first time as a teen driver can be a rattling experience. That is why it is important to consider ahead of time what you would do in the instance that you were pulled over for failure to follow traffic laws.

Experts recommend teens follow these tips:

  • Put on hazard lights. As soon as you see that an officer is trying to get you to pull over, you should put on your hazard lights. This serves two purposes. First, it lets the officers know that you see them. Second, it warns drivers around you that you will be slowing down and pulling over soon.
  • Find a place to pull over. Above all, this place should be safe. Empty parking lots and wide road shoulders are often the best places for a traffic stop.
  • Open your window and turn off your car. Once you are in a safe place, you should roll down your window and shut off your car. If it is nighttime, you should turn on your car’s dome overhead dome light. After this, you should put your hands on the steering wheel. You want to avoid making the officer think that you are hiding something or otherwise making furtive movements.
  • Remind yourself to be calm. Being pulled over is scary, but staying calm will ensure that you handle this tense situation as best as you can.
  • Respect the police officers. Even if you feel that you are being pulled over for no reason, you must remain polite to all cops. You can speak up for yourself or defend your actions, but you must do so with respect.
  • Announce your movements. When asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance, tell the officer where it is before reaching for it.

Contact an I-88 Teen Speeding Ticket Accident Attorney

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IL traffic violations attorneyHundreds of Illinois drivers were stopped on July 25, 2018 -- Speed Awareness Day -- for driving above the posted speed limit. Many of those stopped were given speeding tickets.

On Speed Awareness Day, Illinois State Police issued 697 citations for speeding and 566 written warnings. The police were focused on more than just speeding. They also gave out 350 citations and 675 written warnings for other traffic violations.

In addition, officers took the day as an opportunity to remind motorist about the “Fatal Four Violations,” which are violations that often lead to fatal accidents. The Fatal Four are: driving under the influence, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CDL.jpgAre you a truck driver who recently received a traffic ticket? Your CDL license may be in danger. Our firm understands that your CDL is your livelihood, and we will fight to protect it to the extent the law allows.

If you have a CDL license and have gotten a ticket, you need to hire an attorney who understands the full implications about what is at stake. At our firm, our attorney always keeps in mind how your situation differs from that of a driver who does not maintain a CDL license in the following ways:

  • It is important to note that two sets of laws likely apply to your situation. As a CDL license holder, you must worry about your motor vehicle driving privilege and your commercial driving privilege. Losing your motor vehicle licenses typically means you will lose your CDL as well. However, losing a CDL may not mean you will lose your non-commercial license under the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.
  • In addition to the two sets of laws that apply, your employer may also require a certain outcome. For example, it may be possible to have your ticket reduced to a non-moving, equipment violation. This may save both your licenses, however, some employers will not let their drivers plead to such a violation. It is important to think about all the ways the resolution of your CDL ticket will affect various parties.
  • It is also critical for the CDL driver to, where possible, not agree or be sentenced to supervision. Under supervision, a motor vehicle driving privilege will not be affected, however, supervision is considered a conviction as to the CDL, and the CDL privilege may be lost.

An experienced CDL ticket attorney will also keep in mind your unique circumstances. For example, it is common for a CDL driver to get a ticket far from home. Also, our firm understands that having to come back for multiple court dates impacts your ability to drive and earn money. Our firm strives to keep you out of the courtroom as much as possible. Your presence may still be required for important court hearings, however. This often depends on the judge and the court.

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