How Traffic Offenses Can Affect Your Illinois Driver’s License

Many people view traffic offenses as “no big deal.” And while the occasional speeding ticket certainly won’t land you in the same hot water as, say, a felony drug charge, traffic offenses can still have a big impact on your life.

Illinois uses a point system to track moving violations. Too many points on your record can cost you your license. For those who depend on cars to get around, a suspended license can be a major headache.

Common offenses and their points

The in Illinois is lengthy. Here are some of the most common violations and the points assigned for each:

  • Running a red light: 20
  • Speeding: 5 to 50 (depending on how much over the limit)
  • Speeding in a school or work zone: 20
  • Hit-and-run involving property damage: 25
  • Failing to signal: 15
  • Failing to stop for a stop sign: 20
  • Failing to stop for a school bus: 25
  • Hit-and-run involving injury: 50
  • Improper passing: 20
  • Improper U-turns: 20
  • Electronic device violations: 20 to 30
  • Tailgating: 25

Do you know have on your record?

What does it take to have a license suspended in Illinois?

For drivers over age 21, more than three traffic violations within 24 months can trigger a license suspension. The exact penalty depends on how many points you have on your record and any history of prior suspensions. Some more serious violations – such as driving while impaired or driving on a suspended license – will trigger an immediate suspension or revocation.

In either case, you can challenge the suspension (so long as you meet the deadline) or qualify for a restricted license. Don’t just pay the ticket. Learn about your legal options, so you can hang onto your driver’s license.