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What Are the Penalties for Speeding in Restricted Zones in Illinois?

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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:

  • Speeding in a school zone: If you are caught speeding at all in a school zone -- even just one mile per hour over the speed limit -- you can face a minimum $150 fine for a first offense and a minimum $300 fine for a second or subsequent offense.
  • Speeding in a construction zone: Speeding at all in a construction zone is not tolerated in Illinois and is considered a petty offense. Fines for a first-time speeding offense in a construction zone are a minimum of $250, while fines will run a minimum of $750 for a second or subsequent offense.
  • Aggravated speeding in a school or construction zone: If you are driving at a fast enough rate over the speed limit, you could be charged with aggravated speeding in a school or construction zone, which is a criminal offense. Speeding between 26 and 35 mph over the speed limit will result in a Class B misdemeanor, which could carry up to six months in prison and up to $1,500 in fines. Speeding more than 35 mph over the speed limit will result in a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

Have You Been Issued a Speeding Ticket? An Oak Brook, IL Traffic Ticket Lawyer Can Review Your Case

In some cases, it is not worth the trouble you would have to go through to fight a speeding ticket, especially if you were just issued a fine. In other cases, speeding tickets can result in criminal charges and can be reflected on your driving and criminal records. If you have been issued a speeding ticket in a restricted zone, you should get in touch with a DuPage County traffic ticket attorney right away. At Myers Law LLC, we strive to avoid a conviction at all costs. Call our office today at 844-984-3529 to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.





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