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speeding in Illinois, DuPage traffic ticket lawyerSpeeding, no matter how far over the speed limit, is illegal. The reasoning for this is because it puts lives in danger, including your own. Punishments have the potential of being harsh, especially without the right representation. However, if you are charged with speeding in a speed restricted area, such as a construction zone, punishments are exponentially more severe.

What are Speed Restricted Zones?

In all technicalities, it is illegal to speed anywhere, especially as Illinois enforces an “absolute” speed limit law. This law, in short, says that it is illegal to operate a vehicle at a speed over the legal limit by even one mile per hour (MPH). There are a few key areas where the danger of injuring someone is higher. In these locations, law enforcement officials, as well as lawmakers, have agreed that punishments should be more severe to dissuade motorists from driving more than the posted speed limit. These specific areas include construction zones and school zones.

Punishments for Speeding vs. Speed Restricted Area

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Wheaton traffic violation lawyer, construction zone speedingSome of the harshest penalties for traffic violations are reserved for construction zones. People may be tempted to just pay the expensive fine and move on. However, that may not be your best option.

Consequences for Speeding in a Constriction Zone

The fine for a first offense when speeding in a construction zone is a minimum of $375. The fine may be even more, depending on how fast you were driving in the construction zone.

If you are cited for speeding in a construction zone for a second time, then the minimum fine is $1,000. Just as with a first offense, the fine can be even more, depending on your speed. If you are cited a second time for speeding in a construction zone within two-years of your first citation, you will also have your driver’s license suspended for 90 days.

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Wheaton traffic defense attorney, speeding in IllinoisDriving faster than the speed limit is something most every driver does at one time or another. However, do you know what the consequences for speeding are? They may be more than just getting pulled over and paying a small fine. In some circumstances, speeding can affect the rest of your life.

Difference Between Aggravated Speeding and Speeding

Under Illinois law there are different types of speeding. Most of the time, when you get pulled over for going over the speed limit, you will receive a ticket and may have to pay a fine—you are guilty of an infraction. But, if you are driving faster than 26 miles per hour over the speed limit, then you can be arrested and charged with a crime. 

Driving faster than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is aggravated speeding and is a misdemeanor. You could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. While most people will not serve a year in jail, if you are convicted of aggravated speeding, then you will have a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life.

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