Warning or a Ticket? Where the Speeding Violation Occurs and the Road Conditions Are Big Factors – this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.
The Post-Tribune (Chicago Sun-Times.com) analyzed a year’s worth of traffic tickets and warnings from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and talked to several patrol officers and found out some answers:
Chances of getting a ticket over a warning are greater for School Zones and Constructions Zones. Chances are, an officer will be stricter in a school zone (especially if he has school-age child or has grandkids), in a construction zone, or if he feels the motorist was endangering the lives of other people. “Did it occur around a playground, did it occur around a school? Was it in a residential neighborhood on a nice summer night or spring day where there’s children all over the street? The conditions. It’s the officer’s call or discretion,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said.
Chances of getting a ticket over a warning are greater for known problem areas. On a more general level, issuing tickets is often a way to make drivers slow down in a dangerous area with many accidents or where residents have complained about speeders. “If I know we’re having problems in a certain area, if we had a couple of fatalities and have constant callers about speeders, I put the grant sheet up, we might want to run some grants in this area,” said Lake County patrol Officer Richard Graham.
Issuing a ticket versus a warning is completely up to a police officer’s discretion, but this provides some insight as to how officers decide. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets
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