Speeding in a Construction Zone in Illinois

Illinois Speeding Violations That Could Suspend/revoke Your Driving Privileges

Speeding in a construction zone (625 ILCS 5/11-605.1)

If you are ticketed with speeding in a construction zone in Illinois, you may need an attorney to defend your case. Speeding in a construction zone is a petty offense, punishable by up to a $1000 fine, and a minimum fine of $250 for a first offense, a minimum fine of $750 for a second or subsequent offense, plus a $125 “hire-back fund” assessment. Court appearances are mandatory for speeding in a construction zone tickets, and court costs will be assessed in addition to the fine and assessment. These court costs vary from county to county.

Police may issue speeding in a construction zone tickets regardless of whether or not workers are present in the construction zone, so long as the construction zone has the correct signage establishing it. To be properly signed, the construction zone must have signs which indicate the maximum speed limit in the zone as well as the minimum fine that can be assessed for a violation of that limit. Additionally, there must be signage in place indicating to motorists that a construction speed limit zone is approaching. Unlike many other speeding tickets, officers may use their radar or lidar equipment within 500 feet of the maximum speed limit signs, and the result is admissible in court.

Speeding in a construction zone tickets are eligible for court supervision under the law, which will prevent the ticket from being placed on your driving record as a conviction. This can have beneficial effects for both your driver’s license and insurance premiums. However, many State’s Attorneys are hesitant to offer court supervision on these offenses, and a traffic attorney is essential to argue on your behalf and convince the State’s Attorney that court supervision is warranted in your case. If you want to plead not guilty to the ticket and have a trial, an experienced traffic attorney is necessary to navigate the Court’s rules of evidence and ensure the prosecution meets its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to a higher fine for a second or subsequent offense, if that offense occurs within two years of the previous violation, the Office of the Secretary of State is required to suspend your driving privileges for a period of 90 days. This suspension can occur regardless of whether or not you received court supervision on your previous construction zone speeding ticket. However, in order for this suspension to take place, the State must show that the current violation and at least one previous violation occurred at a time when workers were present in the construction zone. An experienced traffic attorney can assure that this rule is followed and a suspension of your driving privileges does not occur if this requirement is not met by the State. Otherwise, the Secretary of State may overlook this requirement and issue a suspension even when it is not valid under the law.

Contact a Peoria Attorney Today

A conviction for speeding in a construction zone is an expensive violation and can have serious ramifications for your driver’s license and the cost of your auto insurance. If you are charged with speeding in a construction zone, you will want to contact an experienced traffic attorney to represent you. Attorney Jeff Hall is a former chief traffic prosecutor in Central Illinois and he can assist you. Contact the attorneys at Hall, Rustom & Fritz for a consultation on your case.