Chicago Speeding Tickets Drop 25% As People “Pay More Attention to Wallets”


A Chicago Sun-Times analysis of more than 120,000 speeding tickets issued in 2011 and 2012 in the city and parts of 13 counties surrounding the Chicago area found 25 percent fewer tickets were issued to drivers from 2010 to 2012. Why the big drop?

Illinois State Police Commander Patrick Murphy, who oversees training of troopers, says fewer drivers are on the roads and they're not willing to risk paying a $120 speeding ticket. From 2007 to 2011, there was a 3.8 percent drop in vehicle miles driven, and a 1.7 percent decrease in registered motor vehicles. Drivers are shelling out $120, plus court costs, if caught speeding less than 20 mph over the limit, and $140 for traveling 20-30 mph over the limit. “People are starting to pay more attention to their wallets,” said State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

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