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What is a "serious traffic violation" - What is the impact for those under 18?

The Illinois Legislature has established a specified list of what it calls “serious traffic offenses." This list is created under statute 625 ILCS § 1-187.001.

Under section (a) it considers serious any conviction for: (1) a violation of subsection (a) of Section 11-402, relating to a motor vehicle accident involving damage to a vehicle;

(2) a violation of Section 11-403, relating to failure to stop and exchange information after a motor vehicle collision, property damage only;

(3) a violation of subsection (a) of Section 11-502, relating to illegal transportation, possession, or carrying of alcoholic liquor within the passenger area of any vehicle;

(4) a violation of Section 6-101 relating to operating a motor vehicle without a valid license or permit;

(5) a violation of Section 11-403, relating to failure to stop and exchange information or give aid after a motor vehicle collision involving personal injury or death;

(6) a violation relating to excessive speeding, involving a single speeding charge of 30 miles per hour or more above the legal speed limit;

(7) a violation relating to reckless driving;

(8) a violation of subsection (d) of Section 11-707, relating to passing in a no-passing zone;

(9) a violation of subsection (b) of Section 11-1402, relating to limitations on backing upon a controlled access highway;

(10) a violation of subsection (b) of Section 11-707, relating to driving on the left side of a roadway in a no-passing zone;

(11) a violation of subsection (e) of Section 11-1002, relating to failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian at an intersection;

(12) a violation of Section 11-1008, relating to failure to yield to a pedestrian on a sidewalk; or

(13) a violation of Section 11-1201, relating to failure to stop for an approaching railroad train or signals; or

Section (b) extends this list to include the commission of the offense even if it charged under the local ordinance of any village or the law of any other state. Section (c) specifically states an individual may still receive a sentence of supervision for these offenses. The exception in the statue for supervision (730 ILCS 5/5-6-1) is if the motorist is under the age of 18. In that narrow group, the commission of these offenses is eligible for supervision only if you agree to pay for and attend traffic school, and have not had an instance of one of these offenses before.

If you are charged with one of these offenses and are not sure what to do, or how to deal with the situation in court, please go to our website at www.brucarandyetter.com which has further information regarding these offenses and provides information about how to contact a lawyer to help you.

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