Elgin and Kane County Illinois Legal Blog

Going 71 mph on the Kennedy Expressway (in a 45 mph construction zone) can cost you 6 months in jail and $1500.00!

Posted by Robert Steffen on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 07:36 PM

Yes, you read that correctly. Under the new speeding laws in Illinois, going 26-34 miles over the posted speed limit anywhere in the State is now a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1500.00.  Although most officers are giving notices to appear on these tickets, I have had clients arrested and taken in hand-cuffs to the police station, booked, photographed and fingerprinted and forced to pay a sizable bond in addition to having their car towed and having to pay towing and storage charges.

Also, speeding 35mph or more over the posted speed limit is now a Class A Misdemeanor punishable with up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $2500.00.  To put that in perspective, speeding 35 mph or more over is now considered as serious as a DUI charge.

So keep that in mind next time you're "keeping up with traffic" going 71 mph in the 45 mph construction zone and an officer pulls you over.  Instead of asking you to produce your DL, registration, and insurance, he may be asking you to step out of the car and put your hands behind your back.


Topics: speeding, traffic, misdemeanor, penalties