The Davis Law Group, P.C. BBB Business Review
Justia Lawyer Rating
National Collegue for DUI Defense
Illinois State Bar Association

Disobeying a Traffic Control Device

Disobeying a Traffic Control DeviceDisobeying a traffic control device is one of many moving violations found in the Illinois Vehicle Code. Specifically, the statute for this traffic offense can be found under 625 ILCS 5/11-305. It covers a variety of possible scenarios. This citation may be issued during a standard traffic stop or when a traffic accident has occurred. A conviction for disobeying a traffic control device will appear on your public driving record and can therefore lead to an increase in your insurance premium. A conviction for this moving violation will also count towards a suspension of your driver’s license.

Definition of "Disobeying a Traffic Control Device"

Of course, we all know that when you are driving a car, you must obey the rules of the road in Illinois. The types of ‘traffic control devices’ that are covered under Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-305 include the following:

  • Yield signs
  • Traffic Lights
  • Traffic Signals
  • No left turn
  • No right turn on red
  • Wrong way signs
  • All other official traffic control devices enumerated by the Illinois Department of Transportation

These devices are meant to provide for the orderly flow of traffic. If you fail to obey a traffic control device, you are in violation of Illinois law and can be issued a ticket. Illinois law requires that the traffic control device be in the proper position and ‘sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person’. If it is not, contesting the alleged violation at trial may be the best option.

People are often issued a ticket for trying to avoid a traffic control device by taking a ‘shortcut’. The law specifically says that drivers may not leave the roadway and travel across private property in order to avoid a traffic control device. For example, if you are approaching a red light at an intersection, you cannot use the gas station at the corner to bypass the traffic light.

Also, the law states that if a traffic light or signal is not illuminated properly, the driver is required to stop before entering the intersection and treat the signal as if it is a stop sign.

Disobeying a traffic control device is often also referred to as “Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device”, “Avoiding a Traffic Control Device”, and “Obedience to a Traffic Control Device”.


Disobeying a traffic control device is a moving violation in Illinois. A conviction will count against your driving privileges, your public record, and insurance rates. Of course, fines, court costs and traffic school can also be imposed. Simply paying the ticket will result in a conviction on your record.


If you have been issued a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device, contact the traffic ticket defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. Our priority is to keep your record clean and ensure the best possible result. Our attorneys will listen to the specific details of your case, explain your available options, and discuss how we can help. Contact our traffic attorneys today if you have been charged with a traffic violation in Illinois, including Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County.

Main Office

View Larger Map

Chicago Office

View Larger Map

Waukegan Office

View Larger Map
Client Reviews
I wanted to let you know that I finally got my license back today. I want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. You did an amazing job and helped another person turn their life around. I will forever be indebted. Rest assured that I will refer anybody that I hear is in trouble to you guys. Thank you again. All the best. M.M.
I want to extend my sincere gratitude for the success in getting my charges reduced. It has been a rather traumatic experience for me. Though I try to keep an optimistic outlook, it didn't seem possible. But you guys pulled it off and I couldn't be more grateful. This has been a great weight lifted off my shoulders. D.F.
I would like to take this time to thank you for a job well done. I received my full reinstatement documents today for full driving privileges. This took me by surprise. I did not expect to see the results this fast. I just want to say that I am blessed to have a very good lawyer like yourself to guide me through the process... I am very grateful. You're the best. Thanks again. G.B.
My special thanks for your help, guidance, and support during a most difficult time. You came recommended as "the best" and you lived up to your reputation! I wish you a lovely holiday season and a new year of challenges overcome, new joys experienced, and much fulfillment realized. All good thoughts your way. S.S.
I am very grateful for your work and representation. Although it is difficult for me to truly express my gratitude through e-mail, I hope you can still understand how thankful I am that we were able to dismiss my case on the first court date. I am very pleased with the outcome. Again, thank you very much for your time. Please enjoy the rest of your week. D.K.