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Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident

Failure to Reduce Speed

The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. frequently represent clients ticketed for Speeding in a School Zone and other similar traffic offenses throughout Illinois. Drivers traveling through a school zone are held to a higher standard for the safety of the children in the area. School zone offenses are taken more seriously than most moving violations and, therefore, require an appearance in court.

What is the law?

Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11-605), motorists are prohibited 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 law requires that appropriate signs are posted where the school zone is located, which warn the driver that a school speed zone is being approached and the maximum speed limit in effect during school days when children are present.

What are the penalties for speeding in a school zone?

Under Illinois law, there are enhanced penalties for speeding in a school zone when compared to regular speeding offenses. A first violation of this law is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150.00 plus mandatory fees and court costs. A second or subsequent violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $300 plus mandatory fees and court costs.

Can I receive court supervision for speeding in a school zone?

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 driving record.

Therefore, your attorney may attempt to negotiate for an amendment to the offense. For example, an amendment to a regular petty speeding ticket would allow for a sentence of court supervision and prevent the offense from appearing on your record if completed successfully.

Of course, these citations may be challenged at trial when appropriate. Our attorneys evaluate these offenses on a case-by-case basis to determine the most effective strategy to achieve the best possible result.

What is aggravated speeding in a school zone and what are the penalties?

Under the law, speeding 26 miles per hour but less than 35 miles per hour in a school zone is guilty of the offense of ‘aggravated special speed limit while passing schools’, which is a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 6-months in jail and/or a fine of $1,500.00 plus mandatory fees and court costs.

Speeding 35 miles per hour or more in a school zone is guilty of the offense of ‘aggravated special speed limit while passing schools’, which is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $2,500.00 plus mandatory fees and court costs.

Drivers are prohibited from receiving court supervision on all aggravated speeding in a school zone offenses.

Contact our speeding ticket attorneys

Due to the high fines and prohibition on court supervision associated with this offense, it is often beneficial to seek the representation of a traffic attorney. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. have successfully defended thousands of speeding tickets throughout the Chicago area including Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. Contact us today if you have received a ticket for an Illinois speeding violation.

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