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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 lawyerThose who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than your normal driver. Because of the large size and weight of commercial vehicles, drivers need to have more knowledge, experience, and skills to operate a commercial vehicle safely and successfully. This is why drivers are required to pass both a knowledge test and a skills test to get their CDL. This is also why CDL drivers are held to higher standards when it comes to operating their vehicles. There are multiple traffic violations that carry penalties that are much harsher than penalties for normal drivers and there are also penalties that only apply to commercial drivers. One of those penalties is the overweight truck ticket.

What Is an Overweight Ticket?

In most states, there are laws that dictate how heavy certain vehicles can be when they are driving on the roads. While this may seem like a strange restriction, there is actually a reason behind placing limitations on the weight of vehicles. Trucks that have overweight loads can, over time, cause extensive damage to roads, bridges, and highways. Repairing this infrastructure is not cheap and can actually cost the state millions of dollars to repair. This is why Illinois, like most other states, issue tickets for trucks or other commercial vehicles that are overweight.

Illinois Overweight Truck Tickets

In the state of Illinois, a police officer only has to have “reason to believe that the weight of a vehicle and load is unlawful.” If a police officer pulls you over because they believe your load is overweight, you must submit to a weighing of your vehicle, which can be measured by either a portable or stationary scale. The law also states that if it is found that the vehicle is, in fact, overweight, you must park in a suitable place in order to remove a portion of the load so that the vehicle is not overweight before you can proceed.

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