There are a number of reasons could result in a driver’s license suspension. In Chicago, Illinois, these reasons vary according to the type of violation and the driving record of the individual. License suspension may depend on whether the driver has violated other Illinois state laws at the time of the DUI incident. If ordered by the court, a driver’s license suspension or revocation must last for a length of time set by the court.
The Illinois Point System
In Illinois, the state’s point system determines the specific effects of a summary suspension. Drivers accumulate a certain number of points for each moving violation, a violation during which the vehicle is in motion. Speeding is one type of moving violation.
Moving violations, as opposed to parking violations, are considered more serious incidents because they are more likely to cause traffic accidents and result in bodily injury. If a driver has more than three moving violations in one year, the state can suspend his or her license. In addition, a moving violation that leads to a fatal accident could be a cause for license suspension.
Many moving violations carry penalties of up to 55 points on a driver’s license. Reckless driving is assigned 55 points. Other penalties include:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way carries a penalty of 20 points.
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 1-10 mph is a penalty of 5 points.
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 26-40 mph is a penalty of 50 points.
- Improperly using signals and making illegal lane changes can carry as many as 20 points for each incident.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road carries as many as 20 points.
- Malfunctioning head lights, tail lights, or brake lights each carry a 5 point penalty per incident.
Other Reasons for License Suspension
License suspension can certainly happen if someone drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The duration of the suspension, how long the suspension can last, usually depends on whether the state has charged the driver with a first-time offense or if the driver has a history of repeat offenses. However, when sought by the state, license suspension will generally last for a minimum of 12 months.
If an individual drives during the period of license suspension, the state will likely extend the suspension for an even longer period of time. In some cases, the driver could receive a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Failure to appear in court for a traffic ticket could result in the court issuing a warrant for the driver’s arrest, while failure to pay traffic fines often results in license suspension. Parking violations could also lead to a restriction of the driver’s rights — in particular, a license suspension could occur if a driver has ten or more parking violations that have not been paid.
Summary Suspension of License
Although moving violations and parking violations could result in driver’s license suspensions, other Illinois state laws establish additional ways to receive a license suspension. These offenses include:
- Failure to pay child support.
- Failure to produce proof of proper insurance on the vehicle.
- Failure to pay five or more toll way fees.
- Abandonment of a vehicle on a public highway