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DeKalb police warn drivers of traffic ticket fee changes come July 1

DeKALB – Gas prices won’t be the only thing growing come July 1, as DeKalb Police announced Friday fees for minor traffic tickets are also on the rise.

Thanks to a new public act out of Springfield, minor traffic tickets issued to drivers will rise from $120 and $140 to $164 for a guilty conviction if paid prior to a court date, according to a post on the DeKalb Police Department Facebook page.

Tickets for texting or using a cell phone while driving will also be $164. Drivers should note that, effective July 1, cell phone and texting-related tickets will also be considered moving violations, even if the driver is using a phone at a stop sign or red light.

Previously considered a non-moving violation, cellphone use while driving will equate to a moving violation in Illinois, meaning a heavier penalty for drivers. Three moving violations in a 12-month period will lead to a license suspension, and could also mean points added to your drivers license. Police will make exceptions if you’re reporting an emergency or if you are parked on the shoulder of a road.

If a violator wants to add Driver Safety School as a component of their ticket, the price will go up to $221, if paid prior to a court date.

Other violations will also include ticket fee changes. Seat belt violation tickets will be $164 on July 1, if paid prior to the court date. Tickets for driving without a registered license will no longer be granted a fee reduction by the DeKalb County Circuit Clerk’s office, and will be $164.

The clerk’s office will be able to dismiss a ticket related to operating while uninsured only if the driver provides a valid insurance card.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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