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Few arrested for traffic violations over holiday weekend

Illinois state police report that arrests for traffic violations and drunk driving were on track with previous years over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Illinois state troopers made 16 arrests related to driving under the influence, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and driving without a seat belt.  Reports did not indicate how many traffic citations were given without arrest.

In the month of August, Illinois State Police District 11 alone issued a total of 2,431 traffic violation citations.  798 of these traffic citations were for speeding.

If you or someone you know has been cited for speeding, contact the Champaign speeding violation lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. at 217-328-6000 to learn more about how we can help defend you against traffic violation charges.


30 percent of teens admit to speeding

In a survey of more than 2,000 teenage drivers at 28 high schools across the United States, 68 percent of teens admitted that they had narrowly avoided being in a car accident.  30 percent of these teens said that they were speeding when the accident almost occurred.

In a separate study conducted by State Farm Insurance and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in crashes caused by teen driver errors, 21 percent involved speeding.  Another 20 percent involved distracted driving.

More than half of students surveyed said that their driving habits only changed for a couple of months after almost being in an accident.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a speeding violation, contact the Champaign speeding violation attorneys of Bruno Law Offices to learn more about defending yourself against traffic violations.


Dad-to-be given speeding ticket after police escort

A New Hampshire Dad has gained national attention for his fight against a speeding ticket issued to him after police escorted him and his wife to the hospital for his son’s birth.

In September, John Coughlin’s wife went into labor in their car.  Coughlin began speeding to get his wife to the hospital in time for a safe delivery.  A state trooper clocked Coughlin traveling at 102 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone and attempted to pull him over.  Coughlin then called 911 to describe his situation and the trooper escorted him to the hospital.

Six minutes after arriving at the hospital Coughlin’s baby boy was born.  Soon after, the trooper congratulated the new dad and gave him a speeding ticket.  Coughlin insists that he was not driving recklessly and did not put any other drivers at risk, but was simply trying to make sure his wife and son were safe.

Contact the Champaign speeding violation lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today, if you or someone you know has been charged with speeding in Champaign and needs legal representation to fight these charges.


Cost of traffic violations rises in Illinois

This Wednesday, the state of Illinois will be increasing its speeding violation fees, as well as other traffic offense-related fees.  Bonds for speeding tickets will increase from $75 to $120.  Judge Jeffrey B. Ford of Champaign County Court stated, “Looking at every other state, we realized our bonds were way too low”.  The decision’s proponents argue that the $75 fee had been the same for decades and that it is about time it was corrected for inflation.

Other traffic violations that will see increases in bonds include driving without a seat belt or driving with a suspended license.  Those criticizing the decision believe that legislators only thought to do so because of Illinois’ $13 billion budget deficit.  Officials expect that the increases will generate around $2.5 million for the county, $2.9 million for the county’s municipalities, and $1.1 million for the state.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a speeding violation, contact the Champaign speeding violation lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.

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