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Speeding in Illinois

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Every state has different laws related to speeding, and different speed limits for highways, freeways and smaller roads, but being from out of state is no excuse for not following the speed limits.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the basic speed rule for Illnois is, “A person shall not drive a vehicle upon any highway at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property.”

The statutory speed limit in Illinois is 65 mph on toll highways and highways with four or more lanes, then the speed limit decreases accordingly for other highways, urban streets, etc. Along with not exceeding the maximum speed limit on any given road, it is also important for drivers not to drive too slow, as that can be just as dangerous and going too fast.

The statute pertaining to minimum speed states, “No person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” On some highways or other roadways, the state may post minimum speed limits.

If a person is pulled over for either going too slow or too fast as a first or second time offense, it is considered a petty offense, however, the third time within a year of the last offense, is a Class C misdemeanor.

That third speed offense could result in a prison sentence of up to 30 days or a fine of up to $500. In addition to a fine and potential prison time, people who repeatedly disobey speed laws can also lose their license temporarily. Suspension or revocation of your license can occur if you have three traffic violations within 12 months or if you have been indicated to disrespect traffics laws on repeated convictions.

Separately, if someone is pulled over for going over the speed limit in a construction zone or school zone, a first offense may result in a fine of $150 to $500.

If you have been pulled over and ticketed for disobeying speeding laws in Illinois, contact a criminal attorney for assistance. Located in Northbrook, attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. will assist you with your speed violation consequences today.

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