Speeding in a School Zone
Our attorneys commonly represent clients charged with Speeding in a School Zone and other similar traffic offenses in Illinois.
Under Illinois law (ILCS 5/11-605), there are enhanced penalties for speeding in a school zone. The statute prohibits motorists from driving faster than 20 mph while passing a school zone on a school day when children are present. A school day is from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The statute requires that appropriate signs be posted where the school zone is located. A first violation of the statute is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150. A second or subsequent violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $300 (the statute calls for an additional $50 which is paid to the school district).
Illinois law prohibits a sentence of court supervision for speeding in a school zone. As a result, if you plead guilty or if you are found guilty after trial, a conviction will be entered on your public record. Therefore, it may be necessary to negotiate an amendment to the offense. For example, an amendment to a regular speeding ticket would allow for a sentence of court supervision and prevent the offense from appearing on your record. Of course, these citations may be challenged at trial when appropriate.
Due to the high fines and prohibition on supervision associated with this offense, it is often beneficial to seek the representation of a defense attorney. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. handle a speeding tickets throughout the Chicagoland area including Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. Feel free to contact us if you have received an Illinois traffic violation.