New Speeding Laws for Illinois Drivers
The traffic authorities have pulled a tighter rein on the speeding behavior of Illinois drivers starting January 1st by introducing new speeding laws and new speed limits. This action was set in place after striking statistics were discovered about the rising number of road fatalities in the state.
Distracted driving and speeding are among the main causes of road accidents in the state. The new speed limit on some Illinois tollways has been increased to 70 mph and drivers who violate this road regulation face serious charges. Bill Jacobs BMW strongly recommends that drivers obey the new speed limits since they stand the risk of facing a class B misdemeanor, which equates to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $1500.
State Senator of R-Sugar Grove, Jim Oberweis stated that reckless speeding is unacceptable and drivers who engage in this activity put themselves and law-abiding citizens at risk. One writer, James Payonk said that driving over 80 mph is not only a safety hazard; it also may lead to some serious jail time if convicted.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released a map outlining the new speed limits of Illinois roads. According to the IDOT map, many of the interstate roadways have speed limits set at 70 mph instead of the previous 65mph. However, it should be noted that only 30 percent of the Illinois Tollway received the higher speed limit.
In Chicago specifically, only five short interstate roads have increased to the new speed limit. These include sections of 1-80 and 1-55 in Will County, a part of 1-57 in the southern Cook and all of Will County, a part of 1-88 in the western part of Kane County and part of the 1-94 tollway in northern Lake County.
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