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Illinois Drivers See an Increase in Fines for Certain Traffic Violations

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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.

Changes to Other Traffic Laws

In addition to changes that were made to penalties for Scott’s Law, there were also changes made to a few other Illinois traffic laws. The maximum fine for drivers who do not slow down or move over in a construction zone is now $25,000, which increased from $10,000. Drivers who disobey traffic control devices in construction zones will also face fines of $100 to $1,000.

Have You Received an Illinois Traffic Ticket? Contact Our Skilled DuPage County Traffic Ticket Attorney Today

Not all traffic tickets were created equally. Some traffic tickets carry just a fine, while other traffic tickets could potentially result in criminal charges or in some cases, jail time. If you have gotten a traffic ticket or been charged with a traffic-related crime, you should immediately contact an Oak Brook, IL traffic ticket lawyer. At Myers Law LLC, we know how quickly a simple traffic ticket can turn into something much more serious. To schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation, call our office today at 844-9-THE-LAW.






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