The winter is the worst time to drive over the speed limit on the roads. Depending on the weather, the roads may be snowy, wet, or icy. The best way to ensure safe travels includes starting the drive at least ten minutes earlier than usual, driving slower to avoid sliding on the roads, and being extremely cautious overall. Speeding during the winter is dangerous and can lead to severe car accidents. Although there are still thousands of speeding tickets that are being handed out each year in the state of Illinois, the rate of issued speeding tickets has decreased significantly.
How Many Speeding Tickets are Handed Out Every Year?
In Illinois, by the end of 2010 as many as over 211,000 speeding tickets were issued. Five years later, only 126,959 speeding tickets were issued, which was about a 40 percent decrease in issued speeding tickets from the previous years. By the end of September 2016, as many as about 78,000 speeding tickets were issued, and as few as slightly over 104,000 speeding tickets were expected to be issued by the end of that year. This number of issued speeding tickets is half of the amount of speeding tickets issued in 2010.
The Correlation Between Speeding and Fatalities
Research shows that, even though the number of speeding tickets issued in Illinois has decreased, the number of speeding-related deaths has increased drastically. In 2016, Illinois experienced over 1,000 speeding-related fatalities nationwide. There have been suggestions that, since Illinois raised the speed limit of rural interstates from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour in 2014, there have been more speeding-related fatalities. As the economy has strengthened, more people are driving and using gas for their cars—causing more activity on the roads. Many commuters use the interstates to go to work and may drive above the speed limit on those roads, potentially causing accidents that may lead to serious injury and death.
Contact a Downers Grove Aggravated Speeding Lawyer
Speeding on the roads can prove to be very dangerous as it can negatively affect the driver and other parties involved. If a driver caused an accident involving serious injuries or even death, then he or she may face serious consequences. At Myers Law LLC, we have been representing DuPage County area clients in speeding matters for over eleven years, and we are ready to assist you with your case. For a free 15-minute phone consultation, please call a DuPage County traffic violation attorney at 844-984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) to get the help you deserve. We also speak Spanish.