CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Police Department wishes to remind motorists of certain traffic laws that are meant to protect children traveling to and from school, and emergency personnel working within the roadways.
These laws sometimes may be misunderstood or unintentionally disobeyed, placing people in jeopardy of serious injury or death, or may result in enforcement action in the form of a traffic ticket to the driver, the police department said in a news release.
Wireless telephones: 625 ILCS 5/12-610.1
• Cannot be used by a driver under the age of 19, while driving on the roadway. (unless for an emergency call to police, fire rescue, health care provider, or other emergency services entity)
• Cannot be used by a driver of any age when traveling through a school zone. (with children present and so close to motorized traffic that a hazard exists)
• Cannot be used by a driver when traveling through a construction or maintenance zone.
• Cannot be used within 500 feet of an emergency scene (defined as a location where an emergency vehicle such as police, fire, ambulance, hazardous materials unit, public health, or emergency management agency is present and has activated oscillating, rotating or flashing lights)
The law exempts emergency responders and drivers using a wireless telephone in voice-operated (hands free) mode, or for the sole purpose of reporting an emergency situation to emergency personnel.
On approach of an emergency vehicle (Scott’s Law): 625 ILCS 5/11-907:
• Mandates that when approaching any police or other emergency vehicle stopped on or along the roadway, with emergency lighting activated, drivers must:
• Proceed with caution
• Change lanes if possible as not to pass in an adjacent lane
• Reduce your speed
• Mandates that when any police or emergency vehicle is in motion and or approaching, with emergency lights and/or audible signal activated, drivers must:
• Immediately yield and pull over to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, clearing any intersection
• Come to a stop, and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.
CLPD wants to driver to familiarize themselves with these traffic safety laws, as well as drive alert to changing conditions, don’t drive distracted, and you’ll be on your way to doing your part in promoting traffic safety in our community.