Speeding in an Illinois School Zone

While speeding in a school zone is still considered petty because it is fine only, the Illinois Secretary of State may suspend your license, depending on your driving history. The maximum fine is $1,000. The Illinois Legislature considers this type of charge more serious than other speeding tickets due to the public policy concern regarding the safety of children. As such, there is not court supervision for this offense which means it will count as points against your license if convicted.


The governing statute is 625 ILCS 5/11-605 which reads: “On a school day when school children are present and so close thereto that a potential hazard exists because of the close proximity of the motorized traffic, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour while passing a school zone or while traveling on a roadway on public school property or upon any public thoroughfare where children pass going to and from school.”

For purposes of the statute, a school day runs from 7 am to 4 pm.


Depending on your prior driving record, your driver’s license may be suspended if you receive a conviction for speeding in school zone. Additionally you can be fined up to $1,000.00. The ranges of penalties are probation, conditional discharge or public service work. Also, if you receive a conviction for speeding in a school zone, your insurance provider can s increase your premium payments.

Contact Defense Attorney David W. Lawler

The Illinois Secretary of State treats all traffic offenses as a very serious matter. At the Lawler Brown Law Firm we understand that our legal representation must tailor to your specific life situation. You should feel confident in knowing you hired the right Defense Attorney to best represent your specific needs. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case. But rest assured, I will fight to ensure the best possible resolution in your case. Contact our office today for a FREE consultation.

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