Moving Violations

A moving violation is any traffic ticket that relates to the movement of vehicles on the roadway. If you are convicted of a moving violation, the Secretary of State may suspend your driver’s license.

Lower the legal limit to 0.05: NTSB recommends Illinois and other states follow suit

May 14, 2013
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In an historic vote, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended today that all 50 states lower the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05 for driving under the influence. At the present time, all 50 states have a limit for the alcohol concentration in any person’s blood or breath of 0.08. Anyone who operates a motor […]

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Speed limit on interstate to increase to 70 mph in Illinois

April 24, 2013
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Illinois may soon see the speed limit increase to 70 mph. The State Senate passed a bill yesterday that would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on interstate highways. The measure was passed on a 41-6 vote. 4NXW97JCEM6F The current top speed on the interstate is 65 mph in rural areas, and 55 mph […]

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New law proposed to allow police to tow and impound vehicle for driving without insurance

March 17, 2013
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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives will vote soon on a bill that allows police officers to tow and impound vehicles for driving without proof of insurance. Proposed by Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, the bill would amend 625 ILCS 5/4-203. This is the statute that authorizes law enforcement to tow and impound vehicles abandoned on […]

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Important new traffic laws in Illinois for 2013

December 29, 2012
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State lawmakers made some important changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code for 2013. One change may lead to a substantial increase in driver’s license suspensions. No Supervision for Speeding Lawmakers amended 730 ILCS 5/5-6-1 to prohibit traffic court judges from giving supervision on speeding tickets more than 25 mph over the limit: The provisions [allowing […]

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Prohibition against texting, using hand-held mobile telephone in commercial vehicle

December 29, 2012
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Illinois drivers have a few more laws to pay attention to on the road in 2013. Legislators in Springfield passed several important statutes amending the vehicle code. One very important change to the vehicle code is a ban on texting for all CDL operators. In addition, commercial drivers cannot use a cell phone while driving […]

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Chicago speed cameras not legal per Attorney General: no children present

September 11, 2012
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While the City of Chicago was busy moving forward with plans for speed cameras in Chicago’s school zones, apparently it overlooked an opinion from the Attorney General that says the program is not legal. Plans for a multi-million dollar traffic camera system were developed to increase child safety, or generate additional revenue for the city, […]

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Speed limit not enforced in DuPage County? Report shows tickets have decreased

August 27, 2012
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The Daily Herald is reporting that the number of traffic tickets in DuPage County has decreased. But it’s not because the police aren’t enforcing the law. The recession is to blame. From the report: Police officers wrote 149,977 traffic tickets in DuPage between July 2011 and this past June, according to data from the circuit […]

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No supervision for speeding more than 25 mph over the limit in Illinois

August 25, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn signed important legislation this summer that changes Illinois Vehicle Code penalties. But not many are noticing because the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, 2013. The legislation was Senate Bill 2888, and it changes eligibility for supervision. The legislation is important because three convictions on moving violations within any 12-month […]

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DUI and the police officer’s opinion under 11-501(a)(1) and (2)

July 9, 2012
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Driving under the influence is one of the very few crimes in which the defendant’s guilt or innocence depends almost completely on another person’s opinion. It is a troubling proposition that a court of law could impose a judgment on someone based on another’s subjective thoughts. But that is exactly what Illinois courts do for […]

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Reckless driving in Illinois: the law and penalties

June 26, 2012
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A traffic ticket for reckless driving in Illinois can cause serious problems. First, the police officer can decide to, rather than ticket the offender, make an arrest and take the driver into custody. If this happens, the police officer will have the vehicle towed. The driver will have to pay a fee to get it […]

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