This holiday season, those in Illinois and beyond will likely be rushing to check off everything on their to-do lists. Preparing for parties, dinners and gift-giving means spending a lot of time shopping, and nothing can be more frustrating when one is in a hurry than circling a crowded parking lot looking for a place to park. However, drivers who are tempted to slip into an empty space reserved for drivers and passengers with handicaps may find themselves facing the penalties for traffic violations.
The recent winter weather arriving before Thanksgiving gave many Illinois motorists a shock. With little time to prepare, drivers found themselves dealing with icy roads and snowy conditions, leading to numerous traffic accidents. While the early storm may have been unusual, drivers must be aware that weather conditions can change quickly, especially in winter. Failure to use caution can lead to traffic violations.
Being accused of speeding is bad enough when it leads to a traffic ticket. After all, such tickets can have a range of impacts for an individual. However, there are circumstances here in Illinois under which speeding allegations could expose a person to even harsher consequences. This is because, under Illinois law, there is a point where speeding shifts from a traffic offense to a misdemeanor crime.