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Work Zone Safety is Taken Seriously by Illinois Law Enforcement

May 18th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Illinois work zone safety, Rolling Meadows Traffic Offense AttorneyIn honor of National Work Zone Safety Week, law enforcement across Illinois put forth effort to raise awareness about exercising care when driving through active and inactive work and construction zones. National Work Zone Safety Week was the week of April 11th 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Highway construction is a problem that is acutely experienced by drivers in Illinois, especially around big cities. However, road construction is a necessary part of maintaining our highways and byways. As such, it is important that drivers exercise care when driving through a work zones. Law enforcement takes traffic violations in work zones very seriously.

Work Zone Safety Stats

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were more than 4,300 accidents that occurred in construction zones in 2015. Of these accidents, 1,000 resulted in injuries to construction workers, drivers and passengers. There were also 46 fatalities resulting from work zone traffic accidents. More often than not, it is motorists who are passing through a work zone who are involved in traffic accidents. Inattentiveness, driving at too high of a rate of speed, and following too closely are some of the leading causes of work zone traffic accidents.

Work Zone Speeding Tickets

Speed limits are strictly enforced in work zones, and you can get a speeding ticket even if no workers are present when you are caught speeding. 625 ILCS 5/11-05.1 is the Illinois statute for speeding tickets issued for offenses committed while driving through a work zone. It does not matter whether the workers are present in the work site or not, and work zones are one of the few locations where law enforcement is permitted to use radar and lidar detection means to determine a driver’s speed as evidence that the driver was speeding in the work zone.

Work zones are clearly identified as they are required to have posted signage indicating where a work zone begins and terminates, as well as the posted maximum and minimum speed limit. Fines for a first offense can range from $250 to $750. A second-time offense within a period of two years can cost a driver his or her license. Court appearances are mandatory, and dealing with the courts for a traffic ticket can be difficult as there are very specific rules that must be followed. You should consider working with an experienced traffic offenses lawyer to fight your ticket.

Let Us Help With Your Ticket

Traffic tickets can happen to anyone, even the best drivers. When a traffic offense occurs in certain locations, such as in a school or work zone, the associated fines and penalties can be more severe. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, you should contact an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney at our firm for assistance. We will help you throughout each step of your case.

Sources:

http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/assets/uploads/files/travel-information/pamphlets-&-brochures/workzone%20il%20fact%20sheet.pdf

Illinois Drivers With Suspended or Revoked Licenses Are Likely to be Repeat Traffic Offenders

April 20th, 2016 at 8:07 am

Illinois repeat traffic offenders, Rolling Meadows Traffic Offense LawyerIf your license has been revoked or suspended, a great burden is placed on you to get around without driving yourself. In order to be in compliance with your sentence, you have to not drive, and may have to take a bus, walk, or hitch a ride with friends. However, many individuals who are serving a driver’s license revocation or suspension sentence choose to drive themselves without a license, and hope that they do not get caught.

While it is never advisable, people who have a suspended or revoked license get behind the wheel and may ultimately be caught when they commit some other traffic violation and cannot produce a driver’s license for the law enforcement officer that pulled them over.

Driving With a Revoked or Suspended License a Persistent Problem

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the persistent nature of this issue. Noting statistics from the AAA Foundation, the article notes how this problem has been on the rise for more than two decades. Despite numerous attempts to discourage drivers who have suspended or revoked licenses from driving, many still do. More than 30,000 people in Illinois are are convicted for driving with a suspended or revoked license each year.

The article theorizes that the problem stems from police officers having too few resources to charge these drivers with felony charges. Writing up a driver with a misdemeanor charge who is driving on a revoked or suspended license can cost the officer up to 45 minutes of his or her time. However, writing up the driver with a felony can take up to two hours, and requires the officer to take the driver into custody.

By taking a driver into custody, it takes an officer away from patrolling for gang violence and other public safety issues. Booking people for driving offenses seems like a lower priority when compared to intervening in a domestic violence situation, responding to an emergency call, or responding to serious car accidents or reported crimes.

Repeat Offenders Prompt Police, State Reps to Propose a Solution

While the problem of drivers driving on suspended or revoked licenses seems unsolvable, that does not stop law enforcement and state representatives from discussing ways to potentially prevent this from happening. Some proposed ideas include automatically making driving with a suspended or revoked license a felony for drivers who have a history of committing driving offenses once their license has been revoked or suspended. Another idea is to increase the length of time that a person’s driver’s license is suspended or revoked in the first place. These possible solutions are merely in the brainstorming phase of development and no proposed legislation to that effect has been made yet.

Our Attorneys Can Help You Today

If you have been charged with driving without a license, a suspended license, or a revoked license, you need to hire an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a passionate Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney for professional assistance. We are eager to help you throughout each step of your case.

Source:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-license-revocations-met-20150201-story.html

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