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How Can Failure to Yield at Intersections Lead to Traffic Violations?

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All drivers learn in Driver’s Education classes that one of the most important rules of the road is to obey all traffic lights and stop signs. When a stoplight is red, the driver has to come to a complete stop. In addition, no matter what, a driver must stop at an intersection marked with a stop sign. Failure to yield at intersections and/or crosswalks is considered a traffic violation in Illinois. In addition to costly tickets, these infractions may also lead to a car accident with injuries and more serious charges.

What Are the Rules at Intersections?

Illinois enforces red light violations by automated cameras at some intersections. Police officers will also stop a car when it runs a red light and will issue a $120 ticket to the offending driver.

To avoid violations and reduce the possibility of collisions, it is important to follow these rules:

  • Drivers should slow down when a traffic light is yellow unless the driver is too close to the intersection.

  • Left-turn drivers must yield to all other traffic.

  • Right-turn drivers must yield to oncoming traffic.

  • Right-turn drivers must stop and wait for an opening before turning on a red light.

  • Left-turn drivers should only make their turn on a green or yellow light when no cars are approaching from the other direction. Some intersections utilize a left-turn arrow to alert drivers when it is safe to turn.

  • Drivers approaching a crosswalk not marked with a stop sign do not need to stop unless pedestrians are present. Pedestrians always have the right of way at these crosswalks.

  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing an intersection according to a signal.

Any of these infractions will lead to traffic violation charges, including 20 demerit points against the offender’s driver’s license.

Other Consequences of Failing to Yield

Every time a driver fails to obey the rules of intersections, he or she puts someone else in danger of injury. This is why drivers could face reckless driving charges, depending on the nature of the offense. In Illinois, reckless driving is punished as a Class A misdemeanor; penalties for this conviction include up to one year in prison and/or $2,500 in fines.

If a driver causes injury to another person because he or she did not yield to traffic signs, he or she can be held responsible for compensating the victim for medical bills and/or car repairs.

If a driver kills a victim after running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign, he or she can be charged with reckless homicide. In Illinois, this charge is a Class 3 felony, punishable with a prison term of two to five years.

Contact a Joliet, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are fighting charges for running a traffic signal or stop sign or any other traffic violation, it is critical that you seek professional legal counsel. An accomplished lawyer from the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. will help you clear your record and keep your driving privileges intact. Our lawyers have experience successfully defending clients with a variety of traffic charges. To schedule a free consultation with our diligent Will County traffic violations lawyers, call our office today at 815-666-1285.




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