Lake County Motorist

Suburban Chicagoland commuter and motorist weblog

Spring in the land of the scofflaw

The longer days of spring have birthed a bumper crop of cop cars popping up all over Lake County.

Daffodils they ain’t, although they seemed to appear overnight.

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On the prowl for speeders

werecarBased on, ahem, recent personal observations, it’s a good time to advise my fellow motorists to watch their speeds and cease the reckless moves. And as a gift to you, I’m passing along a link to a well-known online speed trap directory. lists traps for several Lake County communities. Lake County suburbs with several recent traps posted, and in which I personally have seen authority vehicles in similar locations include Deerfield, Grayslake, Lake Forest, Round Lake Heights, Vernon Hills, Wadsworth…the list goes on and on.

If this leaves you wanting more,‘s forum has a thread dedicated to Chicagoland speed traps.

Ummm……North Chicago?

The Tollway Authority’s website used to list roads targeted for enforcement in the coming weeks. I wish they’d resume this practice.

In Semi-Related News: It’s a full moon, and legend has it that lunacy is in the air. Let’s all try to keep the lunacy off the roads.

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Happy New Laws 2008

Happy New Year! Here is a selective summary of new laws affecting Illinois motorists beginning 1/1/2008:

(The summary is after the jump – it’s a really long post!)

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You Drink and Drive, You Lose

During this holiday season, it helps to remind everyone that drinking and driving is a bad idea. For that matter, driving after consuming excess quantities of any psychoactive substance is a bad idea. Please drive sober.

State Farm: Don’t drink and drive.

Average cost of a DUI in Illinois is $14,660, and that does not include any crash-related or injury-related costs.

Penalties, if convicted of DUI in Illinois, are harsh.

Don’t drive impaired or allow someone else to drive impaired. The Chicago Transit Authority continues its tradition of penny rides on New Year’s Eve; this is an excellent option if your NYE plans take you along a CTA route. Taxis are also a great option in both the city and the suburbs. If motoring is still the plan, choose a responsible designated driver.

Celebrate responsibly, so you can celebrate again!

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The Most Expensive States for Speeding Tickets has compiled a list of the ten most expensive states for speeding tickets. Illinois ranks as #3 with a maximum fine of $1,000, although a commenter remarked that the maximum fines are rarely imposed. Still, be safe out there.

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