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Driving Near Emergency or Maintenance Vehicles

Illinois laws regulate and detail how drivers must act in traffic. These are so-called “Rules of the Road“, part of which explains how to properly, lawfully and safely drive near emergency or maintenance vehicles on the road.

When approaching a stationary (non-moving) emergency/maintenance vehicle using visual signals, Illinois law requires motorists to yield, change to a lane away from the emergency workers when possible and proceed with caution. If a lane change is not possible, reduce speed and proceed with caution.

Illinois law prohibits photography and the use of wireless/cellphones within 500 feet of an emergency scene, except in certain circumstances. A driver is prohibited from driving over fire hoses unless permitted by a fire official in command of the scene.

When being approached by an emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals (lights and/or sirens), Illinois law requires motorists to immediately pull to the right side of the road and allow the emergency vehicle to pass.

In some cases a complete stop may be necessary to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. If stopped at an intersection with two-way traffic, remain stopped until the emergency vehicle passes through the intersection.

This article about Driving Near Emergency or Maintenance Vehicles was last updated in 2018. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!