Speeding in a School Zone in Illinois

Illinois Speeding Violations That Could Suspend/revoke Your Driving Privileges

Speeding in a school zone (625 ILCS 5/11-605)

If you are ticketed in Illinois for speeding in a school zone, you will need the help of an attorney to protect your driving privileges.  Speeding in a school zone is a petty offense punishable by up to a $1000 fine, a minimum fine of $150 for a first offense, a minimum fine of $300 for a second or subsequent offense, and a $50 surcharge.

Any primary or secondary school can have a school zone established around it, including public, private, and schools run by religious institutions.  The school zones are in effect from 7 AM until 4 PM and must be clearly established with signage that indicates the presence of a school zone, the 20 mile per hour speed limit in effect in the school zone, and the fact that the limit is in force only on school days when children are present.

Unlike other speeding tickets, the police are allowed to enforce a school zone speed limit within 500 feet of the sign which establishes the limit.  Also, unlike most other speeding tickets, school zone speeding tickets are not eligible for court supervision which keeps the ticket from being entered on your driving record as a conviction.

In order to secure a conviction for speeding in a school zone, the prosecution must prove that;

(1) There was a school zone in effect at the location you were ticketed and that zone had proper signage;

(2) You were exceeding the posted limit of 20 miles per hour while you were in that properly established and signed school zone;

(3) That the violation occurred between 7 AM and 4 PM on a school day; and

(4) That there were children were present in such close proximity to the traffic that it constituted a hazard to those children.

The fourth point of proof is often the most difficult for the State to prove.  Often, police officers don’t take note of the proximately of the children, or, if they do, exaggerate the hazard that was posed to those children.  An experienced traffic attorney can effectively cross-examine a police officer and show that his knowledge regarding signage, time of day, and whether or not there were children present is lacking.  An experienced traffic attorney can also negotiate effectively with the State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain a more favorable disposition short of a trial on the ticket.

 

If you are charged with Speeding in a School Zone, it is important that you 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.  Email Jeff at jhall@hallrustomfritz.com.