Traffic & Driving Violations

There are several different types of traffic and driving violations. For example, a parking violation is a minor type of infraction that is not counted against your driving record even though you can be arrested for unpaid violations. Some examples of more serious driving violations are moving violations such as speeding, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and drunk driving, also called Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

What do I do if I receive a traffic ticket?

What are the traffic penalties under Illinois law?

Do I need to appear in court if I receive a traffic citation?

What if I am charged with a DUI?

The following links provide you with answers to the above questions.

Does the UCPD issue traffic tickets?

Yes. The UCPD can issue traffic tickets in accordance with the Illinois Vehicle Code and the City's Ordinances.

Do I need to buy a City of Chicago sticker for my car?

The City of Chicago requires the purchase of a city sticker for any vehicle principally garaged in the city for more than 30 days. If you live on a street zoned for residential parking permits, you may also purchase a residential parking permit with your city sticker.

The following link provides you with important information on Chicago city stickers and residential permits.

Do traffic laws apply to me if I am riding a bicycle?

For more information, click the link below.

Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are one of the most common types of accidents. Each car accident involves a unique set of circumstances and the potential for legal issues. Many car accidents occur due to driver's negligence, such as speeding, failing to stop at a red light, driving under the influence, or simply not paying attention.

What should I do if I am in an automobile accident?

Should I call the police and file an accident report?

What type of information should I request from the driver I was involved in the accident with? Will the same information be requested from me?

Should I see a doctor?

Should I consult a lawyer?

When should I notify my insurance company?

The following links provide you with answers to the above questions.

Car Insurance

I just purchased a car. What is the type and amount of car insurance that I need to purchase in the state of Illinois?

These websites discuss the mandatory car insurance requirements for owners of cars in the State of Illinois.