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IL traffic attorneyKnowing the rules of the road in Illinois is necessary to stay safe and avoid any unwanted fines. Speed limits in construction zones are one of the basic rules that most people are aware of, but how are they enforced? If you face fines, license suspensions, or even jail time for traffic violations, do not hesitate to get the guidance of a seasoned criminal defense attorney in Illinois. Developing a strong defense when presenting your case or contesting any charges that you feel are unwarranted is easily achieved when you have a lawyer you can trust on your side.

Photo Enforcement in Kane County

Any driver who violates construction zone speed limits in Illinois can face steep fines and charges, but that is to protect both workers and all drivers. If you ever get impatient in a construction zone, remember that according to a study conducted in 2015, drivers are more likely to be victims in work zone accidents than workers. Because of this, speeding in a construction zone can lead to at least $375 fine for the first offense, a minimum of $1000 for the second, and a driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days if the second offense occurred within two years of the first.

Police officers cannot always watch and catch those who speed in work zones, so the State turned to photo enforcement. The cameras are only in use when construction workers are on site. Also, it is important to understand that Temporary Concrete Barriers (TCBs) do not change whether or not drivers should comply with work zone speed limits since cars have broken through them before. Whenever photo enforcement is in use, there must be a sign that provides a clear indication of such. In many camera locations, there will be a sign that displays a motorist’s speed. This serves to give a driver a final chance to slow down before they speed past the camera. Remember, if you do get a speeding ticket due to photo enforcement, you must attend your mandatory court appearance.

Contact an Elgin Traffic Violations Attorney

Photo enforcement is designed to protect workers and drivers alike, but it is important to defend your rights if you think there was an error. If you face fines or a license suspension due to traffic violations, reach out to the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola to set up a free consultation with a trustworthy Kane County traffic violations attorney. Call us today at 847-488-0889.




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IL traffic lawyerIn 2019, the Illinois State Police issued 5,860 tickets for violators of Scott’s Law. This law protects law enforcement officials during traffic stops by requiring drivers to give enough room when they see stopped police vehicles on the road.

Of the violations in 2019, the ISP reported that 27 police cruisers were struck and three officers were killed. In an attempt to protect Illinois officers, the state government amended Scott’s Law so that punishments are more costly to violators.

How Has Scott’s Law Changed?

Scott’s Law was passed in 2002 to protect Illinois law enforcement officers. This past year, there were more violations than in 2016, 2017, and 2018 combined.

Violators of Scott’s Law used to be fined $100 for first offenses, but this year, fines have been doubled to $250. Subsequent offenses will cost no less than $750. Additionally, each violation of Scott’s Law will be punished with a $250 fine that will fund education of this law.

Lastly, drivers who injure or kill any during a violation of Scott’s Law will be charged with a Class 4 felony; punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and a prison term of 1-3 years.

Scott’s Law is not the only traffic charge that was amended starting in 2020:

  • Speeding through a construction zone will now be punished with a fine of $25,000 - an increase from $10,000.
  • Disobeying traffic signals within a worksite will be punished with a fine of $100-$1,000. This is a new law that started at the first of the year.
  • Passing a stopped school bus with its stop sign extended will be punished by a fine of $300 - increased from $100 - for first offenses. Subsequent offenses are punished with a fine of $1,000 - increased from $500.

Other Roadway-Related Rule Changes

The state of Illinois added several other law changes to make the road safer:

  • The distracted driving law was made more specific by officially including watching and making YouTube videos illegal while driving.
  • Chicago-area interstates will have more video surveillance installed in order to make an investigation of roadway crimes easier.
  • Garage and public parking lot fees will increase - 6% daily and 9% monthly - and funds will go towards Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “Rebuild Illinois” infrastructure project.

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

It is still early into the year and not everyone has adjusted to the new laws. If you are fighting traffic charges, a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola can help defend against major fines. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County traffic offense lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.



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