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Driving is a rite of passage for most American teenagers. In many states, 16-years-old is the age during which driving becomes a new and amazing experience for teens, giving them freedom like never before. Unfortunately, according to the latest available information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. This is why so much time and effort is put into training and licensing new teen drivers. This is also why the rules are so strict when it comes to Illinois’ graduated driver licensing (GDL) program. In…
If you are a driver, it is likely that you will be pulled over for some sort of violation during your lifetime. Traffic citations can range from something small such as forgetting to use your blinker to more serious matters such as excessive speeding. The penalties of these violations depend entirely on the type of violation you are charged with. Pleading a Traffic Ticket Each time an officer issues a traffic ticket, they must inform the person receiving the ticket whether or not they are required to appear in court. If you are required to appear, you have no choice…
If you have ever gotten a traffic ticket, you are not alone. Most Americans will probably be stopped or get issued a traffic ticket at some point during their lifetime. According to the latest statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were nearly 2.5 million traffic stops conducted in Illinois in 2018. Of those who were stopped, nearly 864,000 were issued citations or traffic tickets. There are a number of reasons why a police officer might stop you, ranging from moving violations to equipment or licensing violations. While many people simply pay the fine on their ticket and…
People who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) are typically held to a higher standard than that of your everyday driver. This is because the types of vehicles that commercial drivers typically drive are much larger and heavier duty than normal vehicles. To get a commercial driver’s license, applicants must go through a rigorous process that involves passing a written examination, having a specific number of practice hours and then passing a driving test. When a person holds a CDL, they must be careful not to commit any missteps because they could not only affect their employment but their entire…