Category Archives: Speeding Ticket
Illinois has a lot of speed traps.
According to the National Motorists Association, Illinois ranks 10th in the nation for speed traps with 477 reported locations.
Texas ranked number one in the U.S. with 1,383 speed trap locations followed by California with 1,076.
The NMA compiled the lists of the worst states for speed traps from data reported to their National Speed Trap Exchange for the last five years.
The northwest suburban village of Bull Valley (population of 1,111) is using an obscure state traffic law to generate lots of revenue according to NBC 5.
This state law requires vans and trucks being used by contractors to haul construction supplies, ladders or tools to have a business name posted on the side. If they don’t, they could be fined $200.
While this out dated law, (625 ILCS 5/12-713) is rarely enforced every where else in the state, Bull Valley issued nearly 80 tickets in the past 12 months–worth about $14,000 in fine revenue for the town. In comparison, Chicago has issued just one of these tickets, while Joliet and Aurora issued only eight each–most towns in Illinois never write this violation.
There’s a battle raging between an Illinois state senator and the Illinois Department of Transportation on raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois expressways — and Chicago’s expressways are ground zero.
A bill to increase the speed on expressways was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in August and is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. But there seems to be some confusion on how the law should be interpreted when it comes to Chicago’s expressways.
State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the law’s sponsor, said Public Act 098-0511 is supposed to apply to all state expressways, including any that run through Chicago.
But IDOT, while allowing the speed limits on expressways in rural areas outside Chicago to mildly increase from 65 to 70, is refusing to raise the posted speed limit on the Kennedy, Dan Ryan, Edens, Stevenson or Eisenhower expressways, according to documents obtained by DNAinfo Chicago.
“I think they are thwarting the will of the people and the intent of the law,” Oberweis said. “They are setting speed limits at a point where law-abiding motorists are going to cause an accident. Do you tell them to follow the law and risk an accident or break the law and be safer?”
According to Naperville police, they’ve never clocked a car going 124 mph hours before says the Chicago Tribune.
Cops in the west suburban town first caught the Dodge Charger going 107 mph in a 45 mph zone on Plainfield-Naperville Road at around 2 AM, but couldn’t catch up to the vehicle. A short time later the car drove by again going an astounding 124 mph.
This time, they recognized the vehicle as belonging to a young resident and headed over to his house to arrest him.
Here’s the full story from the Chicago Tribune, “Record? Naperville man accused of driving 124 mph.“
But according to the Racine Journal-Times Newspaper, it’s no accident so many motorists get pulled over along the 13 miles of I-94 which cuts through the county.
The Racine County Sheriff has a six-man enforcement team dedicated solely to patrolling I-94, issuing thousands of tickets every year. The fines accrued each year are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars annually.
Any driver who’s ever had a traffic ticket knows what court supervision is.
Essentially, a driver requesting supervision from a traffic court judge will usually be given a probational period of time to behave themselves on the road. If they keep their nose clean, the violation stays off the driver’s record.
But if a motorist is pinched for another traffic violation within the defined time period, the judge may uphold a conviction on the original ticket.
But court supervision for traffic violations has come under scrutiny recently due to some egregious overuse by judges.
No good deed goes unpunished as they say.
In one particular case, a pedestrian wound up in jail for using a sign to warn drivers of an impending speed trap.
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.