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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.

Speedtrap.org 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, ChicagoGasPrices.com‘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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Toll tales and scoffing at the law

You may know a tollway scofflaw.

Look at your friends, your family, the people that live in your house. Have any of them driven the Illinois Tollway over the past year? They may be unwitting scofflaws with a string of old toll violations in their wake.

I know a guy – let’s call him Mr. Car – who was one of those 160,000 motorists that received a notice of year-old toll violations. Mr. Car was not a willing scofflaw. There was – and still is – money in his I-PASS account.

Mr. Car straightened everything out with a simple phone call to the ISTHA. As it turns out, the likely problem is a malfunctioning transponder. He was told to bring the transponder to a Tollway Oasis for inspection and replacement if needed. Because his I-PASS account contained funds at all times, no violations had actually occurred and the ISTHA erased the fines.

The moral of the story is: If the Tollway Authority sends you a notice of year-old toll violations along with a demand to give them your money, call them up and explain your side of the story. They may be willing to work with you or correct any errors, all of which can work in your favor.

It Gets Worse: Consumerist reports the story of an Illinois man whose I-PASS account harbored a stowaway that just wouldn’t leave. Who’s the scoffer now?

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The Most Expensive States for Speeding Tickets

Forbes.com 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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