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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 lawyerIn 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. This is why many states, including Illinois, have made speeding a serious traffic offense when you go more than a certain speed over the speed limit. Any driver who speeds is breaking the law, but when a person who holds a commercial driver’s license (CDL) speeds, the consequences can be more severe and can affect their lives in different ways. Many people who hold a commercial driver’s license rely on the validity of that license for their main source of income. Speeding while you are driving a commercial vehicle is a big no-no and can result in strict penalties.

Illinois Speeding Laws

For all drivers, Illinois speeding laws are applicable. If you are caught driving more than 26 mph over the posted speed limit, but less than 35 mph over, you are breaking the law and can be hit with criminal charges. This is a Class B misdemeanor, so you will face up to six months in prison and up to $1,500 in fines. If you are caught driving more than 35 mph over the posted speed limit, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This means you can face up to a year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

Special Considerations for CDL Drivers

According to Illinois law, you also face greater consequences if you hold a CDL -- whether or not you were actually driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the incident. If you hold a CDL and you were caught driving more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit, you have committed a serious traffic violation, regardless of the vehicle you were driving at the time. A serious traffic violation is an offense that CDL drivers must take seriously. After two convictions for serious traffic violations within three years of each other, the driver’s CDL must be disqualified for at least two months.

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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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