If you are like many these days, your time is precious. You have many things to do and few hours in a day. A disruption in your schedule can send your whole day off track. For example, if a train or school bus slows you down, you may feel the need to make up time to get to your appointments.
Pushing the limits may be how you get so much done in a day. Perhaps this is one reason why speeding tickets are something with which you are all too familiar. Your busy schedule may also be the reason why you are inclined to pay your ticket and skip the court date. However, while this may save you time for now, it can place your future at risk.
Speeding in Illinois
Posted speed limits are set for when conditions are ideal, such as when there is no precipitation and traffic is moving smoothly. In Illinois, limits on rural highways may go as high as 70 mph in some places, but you may feel like you are crawling at 30 mph through the cities. Of course, it is an unwritten rule that there are times when you will slow down. For example, when you round a curve, crest a hill or encounter pedestrians, it is wise to reduce your speed.
However, it is the posted speed limit that police often use when citing a driver for speeding. Speed enforcement involves radar, speed-measuring lasers or simply an officer pacing your speed with the speed of his or her cruiser. An officer who determines you have gone over the posted speed may write you a ticket that includes a fine and points on your license. An accumulation of too many points means the state will revoke your driver's license.
What happens next?
If you think getting stopped for speeding or taking time off to go to traffic court will slow you down, imagine how complicated your life will be if the state suspends your license for having too many points, not to mention the fines you will pay and the potential hike in your insurance premiums.
You may find that seeking legal advocacy can have a positive influence on the outcome of your speeding offense, especially if you have questions about the method the officer used to track your speed. Reaching out to a skilled attorney will help you assess your case and determine the best course of action for responding to a speeding ticket.