Category Archives: Speeding Ticket
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.
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