Penalties Are Enhanced For Speeding In A School Zone Or Construction Zone

Our Defense Lawyers Can Make A Difference

To protect school children, road workers and other motorists from risk of injury, the state of Illinois strictly regulates speed in school zones and construction zones. Fines are increased sharply for these offenses, and a speed-related accident may trigger severe criminal charges.

If you were cited for exceeding the limit in a school or construction zone, it is important to understand the possible ramifications for your freedom, your finances, your license and insurance rates. Contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C., before paying the ticket to find out where you stand and how we may be able to help.

Speeding In A School Zone In Illinois

State law sets a speed limit of 20 mph in school zones between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. A first offense of speeding in a marked school zone is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150 and subsequent violations are fined a minimum of $300. Fines may be increased for greatly exceeding the limit. Speeding when children are present at a crosswalk or exceeding the limit by 25 mph or more can result in a criminal charge of reckless driving. Your insurance company may increase your premiums if a school zone violation goes on your record. You will be required to appear in court if children were present in the school zone at the time you were cited.

We also handle tickets for passing a school bus in a loading zone. This is punishable by a fine of $150 and three-month license suspension on a first offense, and a $500 fine and six-month suspension for a subsequent offense.

Speeding In A Construction Zone In Illinois

The penalties for exceeding the posted speed limit in a construction zone are very severe. A first offense carries a minimum fine of $375 and a subsequent construction zone violation will be fined at least $1,000. Fines may increase for excessive speed or other factors. You can be charged regardless of whether workers were present at the time. Speeding in a construction zone requires a mandatory court appearance.

Do I Need A Lawyer? Will It Really Help?

We do not recommend representing yourself in these matters. Our experienced lawyers are former prosecutors with decades of experience in the traffic courts of DuPage County, Kane County and Cook County. We know what evidence can be challenged and which defenses or mitigating factors the court is willing to consider. We may be able to reduce the offense to a simple speeding ticket or, when the facts allow, get it dismissed entirely.

To talk with our attorneys about a school zone or work zone ticket, contact us today for a free consultation. We have offices in Wheaton and Naperville.