Hundreds 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.
This year was the third year Speed Awareness Day was observed as it began in 2016. Speed Awareness Day was started and is run by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) Traffic Safety Committee and Families Against Chronic Excessive Speeding (FACES4). The day seeks to save lives and prevent injuries by getting motorists to obey the posted speed limits.
These anti-speeding advocacy groups argue that speed is often a factor in traffic accidents. Even where a driver is not driving above the speed limit, a traffic accident could be avoided if drivers drove more slowly.
In fact, speed is the second most common cause of traffic accidents in the United States. In Illinois, crashes involving speed accounted for 32.6 percent of overall crashes, 33.2 percent of fatal crashes, and 37.8 percent of injury crashes.
Consequences of Getting a Speeding Ticket
The effect of being written a speeding ticket can be a minor annoyance or a major ordeal depending on the circumstances. If you were caught speeding by at least 26 mph over the posted speed limit heightened punishment may be given as that qualifies as aggravated speeding.
Also, if you have other infractions on your driving record or were caught speeding on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, you could face losing your license or even jail time. Your insurance premiums could also increase.
Contact a DuPage County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
The attorneys at Myers Law LLC defend Illinois drivers. Our firm has helped many clients achieve favorable outcomes in traffic court. There are typically several options for drivers who have received a ticket. However, not all viable options are readily known to laypeople. This is one area where a skilled Oak Brook traffic ticket attorney can be of assistance. Call our offices today at (844) 9-THE-LAW. We offer free initial consultations. We also speak Spanish. Se habla español.