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Don’t discount the potential impact of your speeding ticket

Choosing to go above the speed limit only on occasion or all the time can lead to long-lasting implications. Because as soon as you begin to feel invincible while driving fast, the law can catch up with you.

It’s possible that you aren’t afraid of a speeding ticket because you’ve gotten one before or don’t think it’s a criminal act to drive at a fast pace if you are careful while passing other cars. The reality is safely speeding is basically an oxymoron. Even if you think you are being cautious, driving at a faster pace only increases the chance that you will lose control behind the wheel, lengthens your stopping distance and creates a higher chance of grave injuries in the event of a collision. Plus, there are penalties from driver’s license points to jail time that may result if you ignore the speed limit.

Tarnished driving record

Since speeding puts you and the drivers you share the road with at danger, there are state laws that penalize those who abuse their driving rights. Starting with points on your driving record:

  • Driving 1 to 10 mph over the speed limit can result in 5 points on your record
  • Driving 11 to 14 mph over the speed limit can result in 15 points on your record
  • Driving 15 to 25 mph over the speed limit can result in 20 points on your record
  • Driving 25 mph over the speed limit can result in 50 points on your record

Depending on the speed a police officer catches you at, you can wind up without a license, facing steep fines or even behind bars. For example, accumulating 15 points alone can leave you without a license for two months.

Criminal history

It’s important to note that driving 35 mph over the speed limit is known aggravated speeding charge. Instead of just receiving points or losing driving privileges, drivers may be looking at as much as $2,500 in fines and concreate walls in their jail cell. An aggravated speeding charge is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. This means that even if you only spend a night in jail or have more than enough resources to handle a fine of a few thousand dollars, your criminal record may still impact your life in other ways. Many employers and landlords require background checks and make decisions based on an individual’s criminal history.

Whether you have grand career goals or simply like having the freedom to drive yourself from place to place, it’s essential to view speeding as a serious criminal act.