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Illinois traffic violation attorney, Illinois defense lawyerDuring the barely-alert state of your morning commute, you forget you are on a toll road and fly past the toll booth without a pass or payment. You are on your route to work and tell yourself that you will pay it when you get home. But, by the time you get home, you have forgotten all about your morning toll incident. A week later, you have a rude reminder when you check your mailbox: you have a toll violation. Before you pay that fine, stop and consider the repercussions.

Paying the Ticket Screams “I Am Guilty”

The Illinois Tollway sends out traffic violations seven days after the missed payment. The Notice of Toll Violation provides a significant amount of information, but the information people focus on is the cost of the bill. Although the fines become hefty due to the additional $20.00 charge for a toll violation, the thought of a court hearing strikes fear into the hearts of many citizens, and they choose to pay exorbitant totals. However, doing so is agreeing that you are guilty of the behavior, which may result in additional points on your license, increased insurance rates, and a potential loss of licensure.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-44.jpgThe 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.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-41.jpgViolating traffic laws in the state of Illinois can be as minor as going five miles above the speed limit to more serious offenses, such as speeding in a construction zone and causing a fatal accident to a construction worker. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, there is protocol that must be taken for you to avoid legal issues in the future.

How to Determine if the Driver Must Appear in Court

There are some minor violations that can be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk without having to appear in court. If a driver is under the age of 21 years old and has been cited for a traffic violation, then he or she must appear in court. If a driver is under the age of 18 years old with a traffic violation on his or her record, the driver must have a parent or legal guardian accompanying him or her in court. Any ticket that states an appearance in court is required means that the driver must also appear in court.

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