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Proposed new law would change school zone speeding rules

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2023 | Traffic Ticket Defense |

When a new year begins and lawmakers are seated in Illinois, it is inevitable that they will try to implement new laws. Many are safety related. Specifically, road dangers have become a prominent issue, especially when it comes to children.

Speeding in school zones is a problem. It puts kids in jeopardy and law enforcement is vigilant at catching and ticketing those who violate the laws regulating the speed limits in these areas. A new proposal seeks to enhance the penalties drivers will face for speeding in school zones. Drivers should be aware of the current laws and what the new proposal might bring if it is passed.

New law would change the law for school zone speeding

Currently, Illinois law limits drivers to 20 miles per hour in a school zone when it is a school day. It is a petty offense that would lead to a citation when children could be out and about. In short, drivers must slow down when there is a chance children are in the vicinity. The new law would alter that slightly.

If passed, the speed limit requirement that it be a time when children simply might be present would be removed. Drivers would be limited as to how fast they can drive in a school zone no matter what. In addition, the current period in which it is considered a school day is 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. That would extend to 5 p.m.

Being ticketed for violating the proposed new laws would mean the driver faces a fine of at least $150 if it is a first offense. A second offense would cost a minimum of $300 and they would need to perform community service is there are subsequent violations.

There are effective strategies for fighting traffic tickets

Traffic violations might not seem like a major problem, but they can be costly in several ways. It can result in fines, raised insurance costs, points on a driver’s license and a suspension. This depends on the severity of the infraction and if there were previous violations.

To fight citations for speeding, ignoring traffic signals, tailgating, distracted driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license or speeding in a school zone, it is essential to understand what steps to take.

Just because there was an allegation of wrongdoing, a traffic stop and a ticket given, it does not mean the driver is automatically guilty. It might have been a mistake by the law enforcement officer or other issues with the case could call it into question. Contacting legal professionals who have experience in challenging traffic tickets can be helpful to dispute the case.