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45 percent of erroneous red light tickets dismissed upon appeal

Getting a traffic ticket for any reason can certainly be frustrating. But for drivers who live outside of Illinois and get a minor violation here, it can be even more trying. There can be court hearings, fines and other issues that can be inconvenient for out-of-state drivers. Because of this inconvenience, many people may either ignore the ticket or simply pay it and be done with it.

However, several drivers have found out how effective it can be to appeal these tickets. Whether you are from Illinois or were visiting in recent years, it is possible that you were an unlucky recipient of one of the 4 million red light camera tickets issued in Chicago since 2007. According to recent reports, unexplained spikes in ticket activity has sparked some serious concerns over the efficacy of the 380 cameras that are installed to automatically issue tickets to drivers who violate traffic laws.

Report: Fatigue as dangerous as intoxication for truck drivers

People who work as interstate truck drivers know how demanding the job can be. The hours are long and drivers can be away from their families for long stretches of time; not to mention the fact that they are exposed to the hazards of the road on a consistent basis.

One such hazard is drowsy or fatigued driving. Reports indicate that drivers who are tired behind the wheel may be just as dangerous as drivers who are intoxicated. Unfortunately, there are truckers who are confronted with fatigue regularly as a result of the pressure to make sure cargo is delivered on time.

Challenges of license revocation can last a lifetime

Twenty years ago, a man got into a tragic accident. He struck and killed a pedestrian and spent more than six years in prison as a result. After completing his sentence, the man was released, but his legal battles continued. In addition to his prison sentence, the man also had his driver's license suspended for the rest of his life. 

Now, more than a decade after the man completed his sentence, he is still dealing with the impact of not having a license. As difficult as it can be to move on and rebuild a life after serving time in prison, the additional limitation of not being able to drive can seriously impact a person's life and career options significantly.

This case should be a strong reminder of how crucial it can be for Illinois drivers to aggressively defend themselves and work to avoid license revocation or indefinite suspension.

Illinois man faces 14 years in prison for DUI charges

If you've been charged with a DUI, then you may face time in prison if you're convicted. Typically, your first offense will be seen as a misdemeanor, but if you've been charged before and convicted, then you could be facing more serious punishments. A July 7 report shows how serious punishments for DUIs can get, especially when they lead to crashes or fatalities.

In Woodstock, Illinois, a man has recently been found guilty of DUI charges for driving drunk. The charges reportedly described him as the driver in a crash that resulted in the death of four people in 1999 who had once again gotten behind the wheel when he was not sober.

Trucker's wrong turn lands him in hot water

With one wrong turn onto a narrow road, a trucker in Iowa may have put his career in danger. He was reportedly following directions from his GPS device, which just about every trucker relies on for their interstate trips, when it directed him to a small road. He was lost and evidently listened to the directions without second-guessing them. 

However, the path he turned onto was too narrow and small for large commercial vehicles and the truck rolled over and fell on the side of the road with the trucker inside. Thankfully, the trucker didn't get hurt, but his truck was seriously damaged and now the trucker's commercial driver's license could be in jeopardy.

Boaters may face harsher consequences in Illinois

You know that if you drive drunk, there's every possibility that you could lose your license. That fact hasn't really factored into boating licenses as seriously in the past, but now the laws are becoming harsher. According to some claims, Illinois is creating new boating laws that could affect boaters by increasing punishments for driving dangerously. This is being done partially due to the fact that so many people have died in boating accidents recently. So far, in 2014 there have been 16 boating facilities.

If you've had your license taken away, you know how important it is to have that revoked driver's license returned to you, so you can get back to boating like you enjoy. If these new laws kick in, that may become difficult. For instance, it's claimed that if your license is taken away due to charges for boating while intoxicated or other boating traffic violations and you're caught driving, your boat could be taken away by authorities.

Illinois law outlaws police quotas on traffic violations

A lot of Illinois drivers will have a reason to be happy following Gov. Pat Quinn's signing of a ban on traffic ticket quotas. The law was overwhelmingly approved by state legislators. It does not just apply to traffic violations. No enforcement division of Illinois state, local or county government will be permitted to institute quotas applying to citations of any kind.

Proponents of the new law say that it should improve the trust and confidence that Illinois citizens have in state and local police forces. One politician who supported the measure said that quotas on traffic tickets serve to undermine the confidence that citizens should have in police officers. They also say it will make the jobs of officers safer and more rewarding. Police officers' unions see the legislation as a positive step forward.

Police ask people to slow down over Fourth of July in Illinois

Recently, the Illinois State Police asked for people to slow down during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. It's possible for a commercial driver's license to be lost if a driver is caught speeding or committing other traffic violations repeatedly. Illinois will be having a statewide crackdown. The report from July 1 states that since 2007, 77 motorists have died during the Independence Day holiday. In 2013, there were 18 people killed.

Police are asking that motorists slow down over the holiday, and they will be participating in an Independence Day Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over joint operation. During the period between June 23 and July 6, officers will be stopping anyone who breaks one of the laws regarding driving while impaired, seat belts or other driving regulations.

Plea deal effectively protects bishop's criminal record

Driver's license suspensions can be detrimental to a person's career and family. Without a license, a person can struggle enormously when it comes to getting to work, bringing kids to day care or just running simple errands. Public transportation is not always available or convenient and the kindness of friends and family members willing to help a loved one out may only last so long. This is why it can be crucial to protect a license and avoid suspension if at all possible.

A recent situation involving slow mail, a minor traffic offense and the threat of a stained criminal record illustrates just how serious it can be to drive without a license. A bishop in another state was facing criminal charges in addition to the other penalties of a license suspension after he was pulled over by police for failing to use his turn signal while driving one evening. 

Law passed in Illinois bans ticket quotas

Readers in Illinois may be very interested to learn that a new law was passed recently that bans the use of quotas for police in this state. The use of ticket quotas has been a controversial topic and has had vocal support on each side of the issue.

On one hand, there is the argument that a quota system is an effective way of measuring an officer's performance. On the other hand, quotas have been linked to inappropriate citations, motorist anxiety and strained relationships between police officers and the public. However, the matter has been resolved now that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation banning the use of quotas.

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