Jail for Speeders (Revisited)

In a previous post, I mentioned that speeding 40+ miles per hour over the limit is a Class A misdemeanor. Starting January 1, 2011, 30-39 miles per hour above the limit will become a Class B misdemeanor. Right now, 30-39 is a petty offense. The Public Act creating the new law also amends the Unified Code of Corrections to prohibit judicial supervision for the Class A speeding offense.

The text of the new Illinois speeding law is as follows:

(625 ILCS 5/11-601.5)

Sec. 11-601.5. Driving 30 miles per hour or more in excess of applicable limit.

(a) A person who drives a vehicle upon any highway of this State at a speed that is 30 miles per hour or more but less than 40 miles per hour in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit established under this Chapter or a local ordinance commits a Class B misdemeanor.

(b) A person who drives a vehicle upon any highway of this State at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit established under this Chapter or a local ordinance commits a Class A misdemeanor.

UPDATE (8/25/11). Below you will find the current text of 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5 (emphasis added):

Sec. 11‑601.5. Driving 31 miles per hour or more in excess of applicable limit.

(a) A person who drives a vehicle upon any highway of this State at a speed that is 31 miles per hour or more but less than 40 miles per hour in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit established under this Chapter or a local ordinance commits a Class B misdemeanor.

(b) A person who drives a vehicle upon any highway of this State at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit established under this Chapter or a local ordinance commits a Class A misdemeanor.

Jeremy Richey


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