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aggravated speeding, traffic laws, Illinois criminal defense attorneyWith the summer driving season rapidly approaching and the school year winding down, many in Illinois cannot wait to take to the roads in search of fun, relaxation, and leisure. The travel season, however, is not without its share of dangers, as many drivers, and in particular, young drivers, may be too focused on seeking excitement than adhering to the rules of the road. While certain offenses, like failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, may seem relatively insignificant, the reality is that any traffic violation can be a serious matter. Certain violations, such as aggravated speeding, are even subject to criminal prosecution under Illinois state law.

Definition of Aggravated Speeding

Many drivers justify speeding with claims that they are still driving safely. However, speed limits for a particular segment of roadway are established based on the features and conditions that impact the safety of motorists. Therefore, exceeding the speed limit places not only the speeding driver at risk, but those around him or her. A momentary lapse in attention or an unforeseen object in the road can lead to a deadly accident.

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construction zone, work zone offense, Illinois traffic violations attorneyAs the weather warms and spring rolls into Illinois, one of the surest signs of the season is the appearance of orange barrels on area roads and highways. A large number of roadway improvement projects get underway every year about this time, and 2015 is no exception. This year’s scheduled plans include a large-scale road widening and bridge rebuilding on Interstate 90, among many others. While such improvements are necessary for the long-term usability of the roadways, commuters and travelers are reminded that traffic violations in a construction zone carry increased fines and penalties.

The Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation estimate that more 4000 accidents occur in work zones throughout the state every year. Nearly a quarter of those result in injuries to occupants of the vehicle or road workers. In 2014, 29 deaths were related to construction zone accidents, including three workers. Many of these accidents, injuries, and fatalities could have been prevented by drivers paying closer attention to changing conditions and the safe operation of their vehicles.

Active or Not, Work Zones Can Be Dangerous

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