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IL defense lawyerDriving 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.

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IL traffic attorneyGetting pulled over by the police for the first time as a teen driver can be a rattling experience. That is why it is important to consider ahead of time what you would do in the instance that you were pulled over for failure to follow traffic laws.

Experts recommend teens follow these tips:

  • Put on hazard lights. As soon as you see that an officer is trying to get you to pull over, you should put on your hazard lights. This serves two purposes. First, it lets the officers know that you see them. Second, it warns drivers around you that you will be slowing down and pulling over soon.
  • Find a place to pull over. Above all, this place should be safe. Empty parking lots and wide road shoulders are often the best places for a traffic stop.
  • Open your window and turn off your car. Once you are in a safe place, you should roll down your window and shut off your car. If it is nighttime, you should turn on your car’s dome overhead dome light. After this, you should put your hands on the steering wheel. You want to avoid making the officer think that you are hiding something or otherwise making furtive movements.
  • Remind yourself to be calm. Being pulled over is scary, but staying calm will ensure that you handle this tense situation as best as you can.
  • Respect the police officers. Even if you feel that you are being pulled over for no reason, you must remain polite to all cops. You can speak up for yourself or defend your actions, but you must do so with respect.
  • Announce your movements. When asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance, tell the officer where it is before reaching for it.

Contact an I-88 Teen Speeding Ticket Accident Attorney

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IL traffic violations attorneyHundreds of Illinois drivers were stopped on July 25, 2018 -- Speed Awareness Day -- for driving above the posted speed limit. Many of those stopped were given speeding tickets.

On Speed Awareness Day, Illinois State Police issued 697 citations for speeding and 566 written warnings. The police were focused on more than just speeding. They also gave out 350 citations and 675 written warnings for other traffic violations.

In addition, officers took the day as an opportunity to remind motorist about the “Fatal Four Violations,” which are violations that often lead to fatal accidents. The Fatal Four are: driving under the influence, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving.

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