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IL defense lawyerThere are a plethora of reasons why people speed when they are driving. Maybe you are running late for work and you push on the pedal a little harder to get there quicker. Maybe you are rushing to get to the hospital because your wife is in labor with your child. Perhaps you do not even realize that you are speeding at all or maybe you know you are speeding but you do not think you will receive a ticket for only going 10 mph over the limit. Whatever the reason, it is illegal to speed when there is a posted speed limit on the road. The penalties for speeding become even more serious when you disobey the speed limit in an Illinois construction zone.

Petty Offense Speeding Tickets

In Illinois, it is illegal for you to disobey the speed limit on any road, no matter if it is a construction zone or not. Though you can receive a ticket for any speeding offense, you will not be charged with a crime unless you are going a certain amount over the speed limit. As long as you are going less than 26 mph over the speed limit, you will only be committing a petty offense, meaning you will receive a ticket with a fine of at least $250 for the first violation and at least $750 for a second or subsequent violation.

Aggravated Speeding in a Construction Zone

If you are caught going more than 26 mph over the speed limit, you can be charged with aggravated speeding. Aggravated speeding, in general, can be a serious charge, but penalties get even more severe if you are speeding in a construction zone. Aggravated speeding in a construction zone carries the following penalties:

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IL defense lawyerThough it may not seem like it, speeding is a dangerous crime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed as a result of speeding in 2016, making up about 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. While speeding may not seem like a serious crime, it very much is - not only are the driver and occupants of the speeding vehicle put in danger, but other people on the road are put in danger, as well. This is why speeding is taken so seriously in Illinois

Current Illinois Speeding Laws

Speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is usually referred to as aggravated speeding, which is more serious than just a speeding ticket.

Speeding 26 mph - 34 mph Over the Limit: When you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit, but not more than 35 mph, you are committing a Class B misdemeanor. For this charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail or up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

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IL traffic attorneyMany drivers find it hard to believe, but under Illinois law, you could be sentenced to jail time for speeding. While most speeding tickets come with only a fine, aggravated speeding could be punishable by jail time. Aggravated or excessive speeding means driving at least 26 mph over the posted speed limit on an Illinois highway.

Driving 26 mph Over the Posted Speed Limit

Driving 26 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Under Illinois law, Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine in addition to mandatory court costs.

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