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The Consequences of Speeding on the Freeway

Published on May 27th, 2020

Although there has been significantly less traffic in Illinois due to the stay-at-home order, speeding is still a common threat to the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on the road. The Kennedy Expressway is especially notorious for speeding drivers. If you’re caught speeding, exactly what is the consequence? There are many factors that come into play when determining the repercussions for driving faster than the posted speed limit. Our Illinois driver’s license reinstatement lawyers are here to outline the important points to know. 

Aggravated Speeding

It’s important that drivers are aware of the speed limits on Illinois roads to stay safe. Be aware of the following speed limit restrictions in the city that are universal unless marked otherwise: 15 mph in an alley, 30 mph in urban districts, 55 mph on highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and 65 mph on highways with four lanes of traffic for each direction of travel. 

If you are driving 26 mph or more over the posted speed limit, it is considered to be aggravated speeding. In Illinois, aggravated speeding is considered a misdemeanor and is divided into two different classes. Class B misdemeanors occur when the driver is going at least 26 mph over the speed limit but not faster than 35 mph. Class A misdemeanors occur when the driver is going over 36 mph over the speed limit. Class B misdemeanors result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,500 and Class A misdemeanors result in up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

It’s always best for the safety of yourself and other drivers and pedestrians to follow the speed limit. If you need assistance with driver’s license reinstatement in Illinois, our team at Johnson & Goldrich, P.C. is here to help! Please get in touch with our team today for more information.

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