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IL traffic lawyerSpeeding is a serious crime -- according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2016. Because of this, law enforcement agencies across the country have begun cracking down on those who speed, especially those who speed at extremely high speeds. Being pulled over for speeding is not uncommon and the consequences you face after a traffic stop depend partly on how you conduct yourself during the traffic stop. Here are a couple of tips to follow if you are pulled over for speeding in Illinois:

Pull Over as Soon as Possible

Obviously, the first thing you should do when you see a police officer attempting to pull you over is to pull off to the right-hand shoulder of the road. If there is not a safe place to pull over, turning your hazard lights on can signal to the officer that you acknowledge him while you find a safe spot to stop.

Stay in Your Vehicle

Once you are pulled over, do not leave your vehicle. The main thing the police officer is concerned with is his personal safety and you getting out of your vehicle is seen as a threat to his safety. Unless the officer tells you to step out of your vehicle, stay seated.

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IL traffic violation attorneyWe all know what it was like when we first got our driver’s license - freedom at last. One of the big American teenage milestones is getting your license, but according to multiple studies and statistics, teens pose a risk to themselves and other drivers when they are behind the wheel. According to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers ages 16-17 years old had a crash rate that is close to double the crash rate of drivers ages 18-19 and about 4.5 times the crash rate for drivers ages 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59. One of the best ways you can keep your teen from getting a ticket is by teaching them proper driving techniques. Here are four tips you can use to help prevent your teen from getting a ticket:

  1. Make Sure Your Teen Gets Enough Practice

This can be one of the most important things you can do because much of the teen’s driving mistakes are made because they are young and inexperienced drivers. It is recommended that teens get at least 50 hours of driving time in multiple conditions, such as nighttime driving, driving in the rain or in the snow. Fifty hours of driving practice should be enough to provide a reasonable understanding of driving, but each teen is different, so your teen could require more time.

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Illinois traffic violation attorney, Illinois defense lawyerDuring the barely-alert state of your morning commute, you forget you are on a toll road and fly past the toll booth without a pass or payment. You are on your route to work and tell yourself that you will pay it when you get home. But, by the time you get home, you have forgotten all about your morning toll incident. A week later, you have a rude reminder when you check your mailbox: you have a toll violation. Before you pay that fine, stop and consider the repercussions.

Paying the Ticket Screams “I Am Guilty”

The Illinois Tollway sends out traffic violations seven days after the missed payment. The Notice of Toll Violation provides a significant amount of information, but the information people focus on is the cost of the bill. Although the fines become hefty due to the additional $20.00 charge for a toll violation, the thought of a court hearing strikes fear into the hearts of many citizens, and they choose to pay exorbitant totals. However, doing so is agreeing that you are guilty of the behavior, which may result in additional points on your license, increased insurance rates, and a potential loss of licensure.

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