Traffic violations Traffic violations are a common reason for getting pulled over by the police. In fact, most drivers have been pulled over at least once in their lives. It can be easy for us as drivers to be comfortable bending the rules a bit and many drivers admit to practicing dangerous behaviors on the road once in a while. Sometimes, drivers may even view traffic laws as suggestions more than hard and fast rules.Most of us have had the experience while driving of suddenly seeing flashing lights behind us.
A traffic ticket, however, can be expensive, and too many too quickly can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges. Some of the most common traffic violations include:
- Speeding: Almost all drivers admit to driving at a speed above the posted speed limit at some point in their lives. In a recent survey, 89 percent of drivers reported that they have driven faster than the speed limit allowed. About 40 percent of drivers admitted that they have driven more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. If you are caught speeding, you may only receive a warning or you may receive a ticket and associated fine. You may also receive points on your driving record which can accumulate and result in more serious consequences.
- Failing to Wear a Seatbelt: We all know that wearing a seatbelt greatly increases our chances of surviving a car crash, however many drivers still go without one. Seatbelts are an extremely important safety measure. According to federal statistics, more than half of teenagers and adults who died in crashes in 2014 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. Because of this, Illinois law requires all drivers and passengers (front and back seat) age 8 and older to wear safety belts. Fines for those caught not wearing their seatbelt start at $25 and vary depending on court costs and the person’s history of violations. The Child Passenger Protection Act was enacted to keep children safe while riding in motor vehicles. The fine for failing to properly restrain a child under age 8 in an appropriate car seat or booster is $75 for the first offense and $200 for the second or subsequent offense.
- Improper Lane Change: Failure to signal when changing lanes or changing lanes carelessly can result in a ticket or an accident. When drivers change lanes without making sure they are clear to do so, it often more than an inconvenience. An accident can leave vehicles damaged and passengers injured or killed. Repeat offenders or those who cause an accident from an improper lane change can even be required to serve jail time.
Call Us for Help
If you have been charged with a traffic violation or have questions about your rights, contact an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney today. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba.