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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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IL traffic lawyerAll drivers in the state of Illinois are required to have a certain amount of insurance to be able to legally drive. Some car insurance premiums can be costly and if you have a marred driving record, your premiums can be even more expensive. Most insurance companies will check your driving record before you enroll in insurance with them and when your insurance policy is up for renewal. If you have any infractions on your driving record, that may cause your insurance to skyrocket to astonishing rates. Speeding tickets, especially misdemeanor or felony speeding tickets, can cause the insurance company to view you as a liability, which is why you will pay more for insurance coverage.

How Much Will Rates Increase?

Not all insurance companies were created equally. The amount that your insurance rates will increase mostly depends on which insurance company you have. Typically, you can expect to see an increase of around 13 percent for an average speeding ticket, though this rate can fluctuate depending on the severity of the speeding ticket. For example, a speeding ticket for going 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit will raise your rates more than a speeding ticket for going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Age Also Affects the Amount Your Insurance Increases

There are a couple of other things that can affect how much your car insurance rates will increase after a speeding ticket. Typically, younger drivers are monitored much more closely than older drivers. Around 41 percent of young drivers saw an increase in insurance premiums after they received a ticket, compared to only 15 percent of drivers over the age of 50.

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