to nearly two-thirds of those found guilty of driving 100 mph or
faster. For hundreds of motorists caught driving that fast every year, court
supervision helps keep their insurance rates low while stopping
officials from using the tickets as a reason to suspend their licenses.
In DuPage County, where 62 percent of triple-digit speeders get the deal, State's Attorney Joe Birkett said those speeders usually impress judges by getting attorneys.
"Unfortunately, the mere fact they step up with a lawyer, the judge will take into consideration that this person is taking this seriously," Birkett said.
Judges in those counties, for their part, say they look at every case individually. They don't want to be overly harsh. Convictions can cost a driver his or her license, which could mean losing a job. And, judges often face a heavy volume of cases, with pressure to move through them quickly and assign fines.
"Some judges do 7,000 cases a month," said Will County Judge Gerald Kinney, "and you have municipalities who are as interested in revenue as they are in a conviction."
Judges are too busy? So, tell me, how does a judge lightened his oh-so-heavy load of cases by handing out passes in the form of "supervision" instead of convictions? Judges are impressed when the dangerous creep standing in front of them has a lawyer? Judges are sympathetic because the creep might lose his job?