Category Archives: Speeding Ticket
Naperville resident Zachary P. Ramirez got pulled over by Naperville police after he was caught on radar driving 111 mph (in a 45 mph zone) and blew through a red light and a stop sign according to a Fox Chicago News story.
Where was young Zachary going in such a hurry?
He was rushing to have sex with a girl he liked he explained to the cops.
We’re not sure that defense will hold up in court though.
That must have been one amazingly attractive young woman to be driving so fast.
Good news for area drivers–police are stopping fewer drivers and ticketing even less of the drivers they do stop–at least according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to the Trib report, in 2010 statewide traffic stops are down 6% and traffic tickets are down 11% since 2008.
At the same time, it seems law enforcement has been more willing to issue warnings versus tickets in 2010 than 2008 with warnings jumping from 39% to 43%.
While numbers are down everywhere, it is in Chicago where the drop is most significant with a 19% drop in traffic stops and 30% less tickets written. These percentage drops are based on 38,000 drivers stopped and 40,000 less tickets written in 2010 versus 2008.
Traffic Experts Share Advice For Memorial Day Exodus
But perhaps, this Memorial Day, it’s going to be even more challenging than normal.
With an overabundance of road construction projects going on in the Chicagoland area, Chicagoans trying to leave the city for the long holiday weekend, could be facing even longer drive times than in recent years.
At least that’s what some traffic experts think.
But now, with the state budget facing draconian cutbacks, this responsibility may fall back on the city’s shoulders according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Gov. Quinn is proposing cutbacks to the state police that would remove the 182 officers who currently patrol Chicago highways. And Mayor Daley is not happy.
Because Daley is already facing his own budget issues and with Chicago police already understaffed, it would be fiscally impossible to replace the patrols with CPD officers.
The most obvious possibility would be a highway system with a skeleton crew of patrols or, according to city hall, installing speed cameras along the highways system and just mail speeding tickets to lead-footed drivers.
Uh oh! That doesn’t sound good!
Good news for lead footed drivers, now you can pay your speeding ticket, or request a court hearing online.
Back in late June, the Cook County Clerk’s office debuted a new website allowing motorists ticketed for speeding and a handful of other moving violations, to deal with their ticket from the convenience of a personal computer.
Previously, motorists nabbed with a speeding ticket or similar violation could mail in their payment or hearing request or could wait in line at one of the Clerk’s district locations.
“This new service is a special convenience for the citizens of Cook County,” said Dorothy Brown, Cook County Clerk via press release . “It enables individuals to rapidly and conveniently respond to their traffic violations and, if they so choose, pay associated fines and other charges, safely and securely on their home computers.”
The Clerk does charge a $5 fee per ticket for the convenience of using this website to pay your violations this way.
There are a few restrictions to using the new system. First, you have to be 18 years or older and, it must be what’s called a “Court Diversion” ticket. In other words, you received a ticket that does not require you to appear in court.
The Clerk’s Online Traffic Ticket System, the first of its kind in Illinois, gives users several options.
First, you need to search for your ticket. Although it can take anywhere from seven to 21 days for your violation to show up on the traffic ticket system.
You can plead guilty and pay your fine, or plead guilty, register for Traffic Safety School, and pay your fine and registration fee, or plead not guilty and request a hearing.
Violations handled by Online Traffic Ticket System
- Failure to wear a seat belt
- U-turn in intersection
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Disobey turn signal indicator
- Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk
- Improper right turn
- Turn on red prohibited
- Failure to use turn signal
- Obstructed or cracked front or side windshield
A $290,000 speeding ticket.
A Swiss millionaire, according to a report from the Associated Press, with a history of repeated speeding offenses, was hit with this record setting fine because normal speeding ticket fines were not having the normal effect of deterring rich dudes from driving too fast. He was going twice the local speed limit, 60 mph in a 30 mph zone in his Ferrari.
More and more European countries like Germany, Austria, France and Nordic nations have been changing their laws to make allowances for an individuals wealth and tailor a fine to reflect their wealth and income. In Germany, while no one has received it, the maximum fine is $16 million. The max in Switzerland is $1 million.
Before, because lower fines were essentially as insignificant as pocket change to a very wealthy person, these rich drivers continued to flout driving laws.
One wonders if the laws should work the other way as well where broke guys like The Parking Ticket Geek would be fined $5 for driving his rusting ’89 Impala over the speed limit?