5 MPH Over The Speed Limit in Illinois is LEGAL, Right?
"But officer, I was only going 5 over...can't you give me a warning?"
This is one of those questions that I don't know if there's a TRUE answer to...or is there? ILCARLAWS
So you're going down the road and the speed limit is 30, that means you can go up to 35 mph, right? Let's go to this that offers an explanation of the law...sort of:
Driving less than 5 mph over legal speed limit in Illinois state is typically considered acceptable and you should not get a traffic ticket for it. - ILCARLAWS
The wording on that is a little tricky. It doesn't say "you WILL not get a traffic ticket." I really should not have another beer I gotta get up early in the morning. How does that workout for ya?
OK that sounds reasonable, but there's more to this...
This is a reasonable margin of error and most law enforcement officers will not pull you over for exceeding speed limits by less than 5 miles per hour, unless you’re in a school zone or other area where speeding is more inappropriate - ILCARLAWS
The school zone thing makes total sense, but what are "other areas where speeding in inappropriate?" Construction zone, sure. Any situation where there is an accident, or vehicles pulled to the side of the road...Are the others up to the discretion of the officer that pulled you over?
Getting speeding tickets, it happens. Blame it on the song on the radio, blame it on being late for work, blame it on the moon.
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