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Illinois traffic violation attorney DUI distracted driving speedingThe winter holidays are generally the busiest time of the year for road travel. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), an estimated 54 million Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holidays in 2018, with 48.5 million of those people traveling by road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2017, 5,667 fatal crashes involving 14,199 people occurred in November and December alone. 

There are certain factors that Illinois state police have attributed to these fatalities, and these are referred to as the “fatal four:” speeding, DUI, distracted driving, and seat belt usage. Getting a ticket for any of these traffic violations can mean hefty fines and, in some cases, more serious punishments like driver’s license suspension or even jail time.

Speeding

Illinois police will be on the lookout for those who are speeding during the holiday season. Speed is one of the biggest factors in fatal crashes, which is why speeding is taken very seriously, especially if you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit. If you are caught going 26-35 mph over the speed limit, you will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. If you are caught going more than 35 mph over the speed limit, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

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Arlington Heights speeding defense lawyerMost drivers will admit to having sped at least once or twice in their lives. Unfortunately, speeding can increase the risk and severity of an accident, and it can lead to harsh penalties. Furthermore, Illinois has some of the most serious penalties in the nation for speeding, particularly for those that exceed the speed limit by at least 20 miles per hour. Learn more about the consequences of speeding, including how to protect yourself from them.

Low-Level Speeding Violations

If you are caught driving over the speed limit, but your speed did not exceed 25 miles per hour at the time of the infraction, you may receive a ticket for a “low-level speeding” violation. At first glance, this might not seem like such a big deal, but some consequences should be considered. On top of the fine that may be owed, you could also experience a hike in your insurance premiums. In fact, one analysis determined the insurance premium increase after a speeding ticket can cost Illinois drivers as much as an extra $900 over the course of five years.

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