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IL traffic lawyerIf you grew up in the United States, you can probably remember the excitement of your teenage years when you finally turned 16 and were able to get your driver’s license. Though that feeling of independence is important in many teens’ lives, we know that teenagers do not always make the best decisions; studies have shown that the brain of young adults is not actually finished developing until their mid-twenties. Because of information like this and statistics involving teen crashes and driving habits, many states have developed strict teen driving programs and specific penalties for teens who break the rules.

Graduated Driver Licensing Program

The state of Illinois requires teens to follow a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program before they can get their driver’s license. The program consists of three phases, each giving the driver more freedom as they gain more experience. The phases of Illinois’ GDL program are as follows:

  • Permit Phase (Age 15): During this phase, the teen must have a parent or guardian with them at all times while driving. They must also hold their permit for a minimum of nine months before they can get their initial driver’s license. During those nine months, the driver must not receive any driving infractions, underage alcohol convictions or court supervision.
  • Initial Licensing Phase (Ages 16-17): This phase begins after a driver successfully completes the permit phase. During this phase, the driver is subject to curfew hours and must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 20 unless that passenger is an immediate family member. The driver must maintain a conviction-free driving record for at least six months prior to turning 18 to obtain full driver’s license privileges.
  • Full Licensing Phase (Ages 18-20): Once a driver turns 18, they are permitted to have full driver’s license privileges, though they are still subject to certain rules that drivers out of the GDL program are not. For example, any driver who is under the age of 19 is not permitted to use a cell phone while driving, including using hands-free mode.

 How Can a Traffic Violation Affect Teen Driving Privileges?

Receiving a traffic violation during the GDL program can affect your driving privileges in the following ways:

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IL traffic attorneyAccording to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 37,000 traffic fatalities in 2017. Of those more than 37,000, 26 percent or around 9,700 people were killed in speeding-related traffic accidents. Though the number of speeding-related deaths decreased between 2016 and 2017, speeding remains high on the list of causes of fatal traffic accidents. Because of this, Illinois state and local law enforcement are always on the lookout for drivers who are speeding or otherwise endangering others who are on the road. If you are caught speeding, you could face serious fines or even jail time in some cases. This is why a knowledgeable Illinois speeding ticket attorney can come in handy.

Hand-held Speed Measuring Devices

Many people have been pulled over for speeding before. First, the typical question is asked, “do you know how fast you were going?” If your answer is no, then the officer will tell you how fast they “clocked” you at. What exactly does that mean? The most commonly used way of determining whether or not a vehicle is speeding is by using a hand-held device. These can either be radars or laser devices, both of which can accurately determine the speed of a moving vehicle by using either radar waves or bouncing a laser off of a moving vehicle.

Photo Enforcement

Illinois work zones tend to be dangerously common places for speeding to occur. When a work zone is active, Illinois State Police will ensure photo radar enforcement equipment is in place and operating correctly. The photo speed enforcement will only be active during times when workers are present in the work zone, day or night. You will not be pulled over if you are caught speeding in a work zone; rather, you will be mailed a ticket within 14 days of the offense. You then will be required to appear in court and pay the $375 fine for a first offense or a $1,000 fine for a second offense.

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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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