As an attorney, a common question that clients in Belleville, IL ask is whether a traffic infraction is considered to be a moving or a non-moving violation. This is commonly associated with the desire to understand how to best handle the ticket that the client has received. In Illinois, traffic tickets can be broken down into two categories. The infraction can be either classified as a moving violation or a non-moving violation. The distinction between the two is crucial because usually only moving violations have long-term consequences.
What Is a Moving Violation?
In the state of Illinois, a moving violation is any traffic infraction that is committed by a driver while their vehicle is moving. Every state has laws that vary, but for Illinois, you can find a list of all of the different types of moving violations in the Illinois Administrative Code. Below we have some of the moving violations that are included in the Illinois Administrative Code.
- Driving While Under the Influence
- Vehicular Homicide
- Reckless Driving
- Hit & Run
- Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle
- Disobey Road Signs
- Failure to Stop
- Speeding More than Limit
- Passing Stopped School Bus
- Using Personal Electronic Device While Driving
What is a Non-Moving Violation?
A non-moving violation is a type of violation that involves a vehicle that is stationary. Non-moving violations in the state of Illinois, typically include parking violations, camera tickets, equipment violations, or a paperwork violation that relates to your license, insurance, or your vehicle’s registration.
If you are unsure if the infraction that you received would fall under one of these guidelines, it is usually a good idea to check the Illinois Administrative Code. If it is not listed there, it is safe to say that your infraction is a non-moving one instead of a moving one.
Do Non-Moving Violations Affect Your Vehicle Insurance?
Car insurance rates are determined by several factors. These factors can include your gender, age, and the type of vehicle that you drive. However, the largest contributor to your insurance rate is the level of risk that you pose as a driver, and the possible chance of you getting into an accident. Insurance companies determine this risk by the number of traffic violations that you have on your driving record and the number of collisions that you have been involved in.
Typically, non-moving violations don’t affect your insurance rates because these types of violations do not usually demonstrate that you are a riskier driver. However, that doesn’t mean that these types of violations cannot raise your insurance rates, it all depends on your specific plan and provider.
At the Law Office of Don Cary Collins, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the information that they need to make informed decisions and determine what is the most beneficial for their specific situation. If you have any questions about your specific violation, give our team a call!