Driving is an important rite of passage for many young people and the day they get their driver’s license is a day of celebration. Unfortunately, nearly half of teenagers will experience a car accident before they graduate from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teenagers in 2016, specifically those between the ages of five and 24 years old. There are many reasons why teens are more likely to get into car crashes than adults, one of them being that teens are more likely to speed.
Speeding Can Be Deadly
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in about 32 percent of fatal crashes that involved teen drivers in 2016. Anyone can speed, but according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), speeding is one of the top three mistakes that teenagers make when they are learning how to drive and the NHTSA reports that teens’ speeding behavior actually gets worse as they become more comfortable with driving.
Laws Concerning Speeding
Not only is speeding dangerous and a contributing factor in many fatal crashes, but there are laws against speeding, which can bring serious consequences if broken. Most of the time, speeding will just result in you being issued a ticket and having to pay a fine. In other cases, speeding can bring about misdemeanor or even felony charges, depending on the situation.
Aggravated/Excessive Speeding (625 ILCS 5/11-601.5): When a person exceeds the speed limit by driving at a speed between 26 and 35 miles per hour over the established speed limit, they can be charged with aggravated or excessive speeding. This charge is a Class B misdemeanor and if a teen is tried in adult court, they could be facing up to six months in jail, probation time and/or up to $1,500 in fines. If a person is caught driving 35 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor and carries fines of up to a year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
Contact a DuPage County Teen Speeding Ticket Attorney
If your teenage child has received a speeding ticket, it is a charge that you should take seriously, especially if it is a misdemeanor speeding ticket. This means that a criminal record will be created for your child, which will be public record if he or she is tried as an adult. This can mean that future employers, landlords, school officials, friends, and family members can access these records. The best thing to do if your teenage child receives a speeding ticket is to contact an experienced Western Springs teenage speeding ticket lawyer. Myers Law LLC can help you keep your teen’s record clean and keep them driving. Everyone deserves a second chance, especially young adults. To set up an initial consultation, call the office at 844-984-3529.