This Chicago DUI lawyer posted here about making speeding 30 miles over the posted speed limit a jailable offense. Today there's a story about aggravated speeding, a criminal misdemeanor, not being available on public driving records.
March 20, Chicago, Il
Sam Sanfilippo was caught going 103 mph on Interstate Highway 294 in 2006 — 48 mph over the speed limit — but you wouldn't know it by looking at his driving record.While the tickets may not be available to the public, that doesn’t mean they aren’t available to the judges and prosecutors. Do you think everyone has a right to review your driving record?
That's also the case for Marvin McCraney, cited for weaving at 103 mph on Interstate Highway 55 in 2008.
And for Jermaine Johnson, who police said hit 110 mph on I-57 that year — and was drunk.
All got court supervision, a form of probation that kept the traffic tickets off their public driving records, and a Tribune investigation found those cases weren't exceptions.
For triple-digit speeders, they are the norm.
The police, the prosecutors, and the courts have access to information about an individual’s driving record that the general public does not. Can someone explain to me why that’s a problem?