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Kane County speeding defense lawyerSeveral months ago, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered that the threshold for speed cameras placed around the city be dropped from 10 mph to 6 mph. Although it may seem like a small amount, that difference has resulted in a significant increase in the number of speeding tickets issued. This may be resulting in a nice financial windfall for the city, but for drivers, it has turned into quite an expensive headache, with some drivers receiving multiple speeding citations from the same camera, often within days of each other.

Chicago Speed Cameras

According to public records, there are 162 speed cameras located throughout the city. These cameras have been placed in 69 different safety zones that are within an eighth of a mile of a school or park. Fines for violations changed in March, when the city lowered the speed threshold. If a driver is speeding between 6 to 10 mph over the posted speed limit, they will be fined $35. If the driver is traveling over 10 mph, they will be fined $100.

In the first four months of the change, the city issued more than one million tickets. This was more than double the amount of tickets issued during the same time period in 2020.

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Chicago traffic violations attorneyIn Illinois, speeding is a traffic violation that can have a variety of consequences depending on the extent to which a driver exceeds the posted speed limit. The majority of speeding tickets will result in fines of only a few hundred dollars at most, while aggravated speeding, defined as a situation in which a driver exceeds the posted limit by more than 25 miles per hour, is actually a criminal misdemeanor offense. However, speeding of any kind can also result in another consequence that you may not expect: the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

License Suspension Based on the Illinois Point System

In addition to any fines and other penalties assessed for a traffic violation, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office also operates a system in which each conviction for a traffic offense results in a certain number of points being added to the driver’s license. Many of these offenses involve speeding, and a more serious offense means a greater number of points assigned.

For example:

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