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The Hidden Price You Pay For Speeding

Let me start by saying this is CRAZY!@#$%^&*().

I had to go to court the other day for a speeding ticket I got in Hillside. The police officer said he clocked me going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. He told me I would probably get supervision from the judge because I had a good driving record.

Sure enough, I did! The judge stamped the ticket and told me to pay $50 plus court fees to get my license back.

Little did I know the court fees were $135. No, this is not a typo! By the time it was all said and done, I paid $185 for going 15 mph over the speed limit (not even in a construction zone).

The fine breakdown is as follows:

Fine: $105
Court Services: $25
Court Automation: $15
Document Storage: $15
Supervision Fee: $25

So I asked why the fine was $105. I was told the judges (at least the ones in Maywood) are charging a mandatory $55 fee on top of the amount of the violation. Then the Clerk of the Circuit Court charges its fees.

What’s even more aggravating is I was told if I had pleaded “not guilty” but was found guilty at trial, I would have only had to pay $75. The speeding violation would have gone on my record and my insurance premiums could have gone up.

I don't deny that I was speeding. I understand I should have to pay a fine. I just don't believe I should be robbed in the process.

So my choices were:

1) Pay $185 and have a free and clear record; or
2) Pay $75 and have my insurance premiums go up.

Sounds like extortion to me.

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Anonymous:

FYI, the court costs would have also been added onto a plea of guilty/conviction. As the supervision had its own fee, plus court costs, the conviction would have ended up costing more.

If you were in a construction zone, you would have been looking at heaftier fines. 15 mph over in a 45 mph zone is one third over the speed limit, which is equivalent to doing 86 mph on the highway. Thats pretty fast.

Unfortunately, Cook County got most of the money from your mistake and the department and the village in which you committed the offense sees only a small portion of that fine.

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