Archive for the ‘Illinois traffic laws’ tag
February 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 am
Every so often traffic laws are changed, and new laws are enacted by the state legislature to better address problems that are being experienced on the roads across Illinois. The year, 2017, is no exception.
A handful of traffic laws have been changed and Illinois drivers need to be aware of these alterations. A violation of these new laws can lead to a traffic citation, even if you did not know that you were breaking the law. Ignorance of the law is no excuse or defense to making a violation of the law. The laws have been changed to help improve driver safety in Illinois.
Scott’s Law Has Been Expanded
Illinois retains a law known as Scott’s law, which requires drivers to move over to the opposite side of the road when they are passing emergency vehicles and law enforcement vehicles that are on the side of the road. The purpose of law is to give law enforcement and emergency personnel the space that they need to safely render aid or do their job while on the side of the road.
In 2017, Scott’s law has been expanded. Now, in addition to moving over for emergency vehicles and law enforcement on the side of the road, Illinois drivers are also required to slow down and move over to the opposite side of the road when there is a vehicle parked on the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing.
Have You Been Caught a Second Time Driving Without Insurance? Now Your Car Will Be Towed
Driving without valid and up-to-date automobile insurance is a problem in Illinois. Another change to Illinois traffic laws in 2017 authorizes law enforcement to tow the vehicle of anyone who is stopped on the side of the road and is found to be driving without automobile insurance after already having a conviction on the books for driving without insurance. This new law only applies to drivers who are caught driving without insurance for the second time in a 12-month period after their earlier conviction.
While 2017 is not a significant year for changes in traffic law, the few changes that have been made will be strictly enforced by the police in Illinois. Therefore, it is important for drivers to be aware of these new changes. If you are issued a traffic citation for a violation of these laws or any other traffic law violation, you need to get in touch with an experienced traffic citation lawyer as soon as possible. Traffic citations need to be dealt with, and you can fight the charges that are being pressed against you by challenging them in traffic court.
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September 22nd, 2016 at 3:35 pm
Many people have received a traffic citation for a mistake made behind the wheel. You might have been driving too fast, may have failed to use your turn signals, or may have placed your vehicle somewhere it should not have been. Furthermore, many people who end up with a traffic citation are unsure what to do about it. In this situation, contacting an experienced traffic offense lawyer could help.
Basics of A Traffic Citation
At its core, a traffic citation is a charge for violating a state or municipal traffic law. The citation is a piece of paper, or ticket, that includes your information, the information about your vehicle, and your alleged offense. The ticket provides you with the statute of the law that you allegedly violated along with the fine you are required to pay, and provides instructions on how to pay the ticket, or details about when you are required to appear in court.
For the most part, most traffic law violations are merely infractions of the law, which is punishable only by a fine. Infractions are mostly minor offenses. More serious traffic violations can rise to the criminal level, such as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These more serious traffic violations can carry steep fines and even jail time.
Traffic violations are broken down by the type of offense you have committed, and the seriousness of your offense. For instance, traffic violations are classified as either moving violations, or non-moving violations, which refers to whether your alleged offense involved a moving vehicle. For instance, speeding, driving without a fastened seatbelt, DUI, and failing to obey stop signs are all considered moving violations because each of these offenses involves a moving vehicle. Non-moving violations include things like driving an unregistered vehicle, not having your license plates attached to your vehicle, and parking offenses.
Next Steps After Receiving a Traffic Citation
When you receive a traffic ticket, you usually have a few options on how to proceed. For the most trivial of traffic violations, most people simply choose to pay the fine and be done with the ticket. Paying the ticket, however, means admitting guilt for your violation of the law. If you are generally a good driver who rarely receives tickets, then simply paying your fine might be how you choose to resolve your traffic ticket.
However, if you believe that the issuance of a ticket to you was a mistake or is wrong, you can dispute your ticket and fight it. To dispute your traffic citation, you must personally appear in court during your scheduled court appearance timeslot, and enter a not guilty plea. Next, you will be scheduled a trial date, where you can fight your traffic citation.
If you plan on fighting your traffic citation, you need to speak with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic offenses lawyer soon after getting your ticket. You will have a scheduled court appearance time, and your lawyer may need to work quickly.
October 7th, 2015 at 12:38 pm
A host of Illinois residents have certainly received traffic tickets over their lives, but many people do not realize that improper lane usage is a ticketable offense until they are involved in an automobile accident or are pulled over for weaving between lanes. While improper traffic lane usage is only a petty offense, a citation can have a significant impact on your driving privileges and could result in an increase to your insurance. Furthermore, this traffic offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to two years of court supervision.
Under 625 ILCS 5/11-709, vehicles driving along Illinois highways and roadways that are divided into multiple lanes that are going the same direction must stay in their own lane as best as possible. A driver can deviate from their chosen lane of traffic only once the driver has deemed it safe to do so. Lane changes are allowed in order to pass another driver who is moving in the same direction as you, but may only be performed once the passing lane is clear and you have a safe distance in which to pass the slower-moving vehicle.
Changing lanes safely means that:
- You have plenty of room to safely change lanes;
- You have properly used your turn signal to indicate to the other drivers located around you your intentions to switch lanes; and
- You have checked all of your mirrors and your blind spots to make sure that you can make the lane change safely.
Improper Lane Usage and Accidents
Law enforcement officers responding to the scene of an automobile accident often determine fault for the accident and award a citation for improper lane usage to the party that they believe is responsible or at fault. But the officers’ assessment of the situation might be incorrect. You might not have been at fault and, as such, may have been improperly ticketed. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you fight the citation that was issued against you.
Improper Lane Usage and Suspected DUI
Another common scenario is that law enforcement will use improper lane usage as a pretense for pulling over a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any lane changing could be misconstrued by an officer as being an indication of alcohol impaired driving, and even if you do not show any signs of impairment upon being pulled over, the officer might still issue you the citation for improper lane usage. If your lane changes were conducted safely, then there is no reason why you should be cited for improper lane usage. Fight the citation by hiring a skilled traffic offense lawyer.
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September 14th, 2015 at 7:26 am
A driver can receive a citation for a number of different traffic violations that involve failing to reduce their speed when a situation on the road warrants slowing down. A few commonly cited traffic offenses that require drivers to reduce their rate of speed include the failure to slow down or reduce speed for emergency vehicles, a failure to slow in a construction zone, and a failure to slow in order to avoid an accident.
Ticket for Failing to Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles
Scott’s Law, 625 ILCS 5/11-907, in memory of Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Gillen who was killed by a passing motorist while attending to a roadside emergency situation, requires that drivers reduce their speed and attempt to change lanes to give emergency vehicles the space they need to safely tend to emergencies. This includes giving emergency vehicles the right of way when they are driving on the road as well as when they are parked on the side of the road so that emergency responders can safely and effectively respond to an accident or emergency situation.
Failing to slow for an emergency vehicle can result in a fine of at least $100 for an offending driver. The driver could also face losing their driver’s license for a period of time, depending on whether someone was hurt or killed as a result of the driver’s failure to slow for the emergency vehicle.
Failure to Slow in a Construction Zone
Under 625 ILCS 5/11-908, a driver has an obligation to slow down and exercise caution when entering and driving through a construction or maintenance zone when workers are present. Drivers are required to yield to construction workers and authorized construction vehicles while in the construction zone. Construction workers perform much of their work dangerously close to the roadway, and one moment of inattentiveness by a driver could seriously hurt or kill a construction worker.
Drivers who receive a citation for failure to slow in a construction zone face a fine of at least $100 and could face losing their driver’s license for a period of time, depending on if someone was hurt or killed as a result of the driver’s failure to slow in the construction zone.
Failure to Slow to Avoid an Accident
Under 625 ILCS 5/11-601(a), a driver can be issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This statute requires a driver to decrease their speed as necessary to avoid colliding with a person or another vehicle and to exercise due care. Many drivers who are involved in rear-end collisions find themselves with a citation for a failure to slow to avoid an accident. Often drivers who are convicted of this type of traffic offense lose their driver’s license.
Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley
If you have received a citation for failing to slow down in a construction zone or to avoid an accident, you need to fight your ticket. Please contact a skilled Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at (847) 394-3200 for a consultation on your case.