Coronavirus has affected millions of people all over the world. The global pandemic caused many non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down in states’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order that has been in effect for the past several months. As a result, the typically congested Chicagoland area roads have been much emptier. However, despite fewer people commuting to work or for extracurricular activities, there has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents. Studies show there may be various reasons for these statistics, namely traffic violations.
Illinois Moving Violations
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), Illinois saw an 11 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to the first three months of 2019. This is despite a significant decrease in the number of miles Americans drove as COVID-19 restrictions were put in place across the state. Not all motorists are intentionally committing a violation or driving recklessly, however. In some cases, some people may not have driven at all during the coronavirus crisis. Understandably, they may be a bit rusty behind the wheel while navigating the city streets or highways. With so much uncertainty on everyone’s minds these days, a driver can accidentally forget some of the rules of the road. In addition, something as simple as a burnt-out headlight or taillight can result in a traffic infraction.
A few of the most common traffic violations Illinois drivers can be charged with include:
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Texting and driving
Failure to signal when turning or merging
Running a red light
Failure to yield the right-of-way at an intersection
Punishments for Illinois Traffic Citations
Illinois uses a point system to monitor traffic violations, meaning if someone is convicted of a traffic violation, he or she will receive a designated number of points on his or her driving record. Accumulating a certain number of points can cause a driver’s license to be suspended. In addition, certain moving violations may carry fines, jail time, mandatory driving school, or probation depending on the circumstances. Drivers who are under 21 can face stiffer punishments compared to older drivers.
Contact a DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Illinois moving violations can range from a minor traffic ticket to felony charges that carry much harsher penalties, including prison time and driver’s license suspension or revocation. Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. understand how important it is to retain your driving privileges. Our proficient Itasca traffic violations attorneys will carefully review the details of your traffic stop to make sure your rights were not violated. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us today at 630-875-1700.