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.