The intent of this law is to protect police and public safety officials who frequently work on the side of the road. Drivers must 1) yield the right of way to any stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights; 2) reduce speed when approaching emergency vehicles stopped alongside the road; and 3) move to a travel lane further away from the stopped vehicles, when traffic conditions safely permit such a move.
Non-adherence to this section of the Code is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic infraction, which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and/or up to a $2,500 fine. In certain cases it could also result in suspension of the driver’s privileges to operate a motor vehicle.
To learn more, read the full law.
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