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IL defense lawyerThere are hundreds of traffic laws that drivers must obey when they operate a vehicle in Illinois. Violating any of these laws can result in expensive fines and depending on the offense, even criminal charges or jail time. One of the more significant changes that went into place recently was to Scott’s Law, which exists to protect police officers and other law enforcement officials when they are stopped on the side of the road. According to the Illinois State Police, 27 stationary police cars were hit in 2019, killing three officers. Now, increased fines have been put into place for violations of Scott’s Law and other traffic laws.

Changes to Scott’s Law

In 2002, Scott’s Law was passed after a first responder was struck and killed while performing a traffic stop. The law requires drivers to switch lanes when a police officer or other authorized personnel is pulled over on the side of the road. If it is not safe or if the driver is unable to do so, they are required to slow down.

Illinois State Police state that there were more than 5,800 tickets issued for violations of Scott’s Law in 2019, while in 2018, there were only 738 tickets issued for the same thing. The updates to the law have increased fines for a first offense from $100 to $250. Second and subsequent violations carry a minimum fine of $750. All Scott’s Law violators will also be charged an additional $250 to fund education about the law.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_license-points.jpgThere are a variety of things that happen when you are issued a traffic ticket; you may have to pay a fine, appear in traffic court or depending on the severity of the action, you could even be arrested. One of the things that many drivers do not realize is that any time you are convicted of a traffic violation, you also have points added to your Illinois driving record. Accumulating too many points is not good and could result in your driver’s license being suspended for a period of time. Understanding the Illinois driver’s license points system is important so that you can keep yourself out of trouble.

What is the Driver’s License Points System?

In most states throughout the U.S., there is some version of a points system that all drivers are subject to, though they may operate differently. The purpose of the points system in Illinois is to identify potentially dangerous drivers and get them off the road before they could seriously hurt themselves or others. Every time you are convicted of a traffic violation or you pay your traffic ticket, you earn points against your license. The number of points you earn is directly dependent on the nature of the violation. Typically, lesser violations will carry fewer points, while more serious violations will carry more points.

For example, here are some of the most common traffic violations and the points that they carry:

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IL traffic lawyerSpeeding is one of the most common ways people earn themselves a traffic ticket. In Illinois, even if you are only going one or two miles per hour over the limit, you can still technically be issued a speeding ticket. The fact of the matter is, speeding is illegal and speed limits exist for the safety of drivers on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were more than 311,600 traffic crashes on Illinois roadways in 2017. Of those crashes, more than 33 percent or one-third of crashes were caused in some part by speeding. Penalties for speeding can be rather harsh for this reason, but the consequences become much worse if you are caught speeding in a restricted zone.

What Qualifies as a Speed Restricted Zone?

Though it is illegal to speed on any road in Illinois, there are certain areas in which speeding can be even more dangerous to other drivers, yourself and anyone else on the road. These areas, such as school zones and construction zones, carry a much higher risk of injuring or killing someone if you lost control of the vehicle. To discourage people from speeding, both law enforcement officials and lawmakers have agreed that penalties for speeding in these areas should be more severe.

Penalties for Speeding in Restricted Zones

Speeding in a school zone or construction zone is taken very seriously in Illinois and the penalties prove it. The following consequences exist when you are caught speeding in a restricted zone:

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