Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle
In Illinois, it is required that every vehicle yield the right-of-way and stop as close as possible to the right side or curb upon the approach of a police or emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed. This moving violation is typically charged as a petty offense.
More serious penalties exist for violations that occur when a driver approaches a stationary emergency vehicle. Upon approaching a stationary police or emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals, one must proceed with due caution and yield the right-of-way by making a full lane change not adjacent to the police or emergency vehicle if possible. If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe, the driver of the approaching vehicle must proceed with due caution and reduce their speed. A violation of this section is punishable by a fine of anywhere from $100 to $10,000. Furthermore, upon a report of conviction under this section, the Illinois Secretary of State will suspend the offenders driving privileges for a specified period of time. It should be noted that there are additional penalties if a violation of this statute results in property damage or personal injury to another.
If you have been charged with Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, the defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Davis & LaScola can help. Our practice extends to Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Will and Kane counties. Contact us today to discuss your case.