Rules for Stop Signs

Accidentally running a stop sign is always an anxiety-inducing moment. The law states that all drivers must obey all stop signs. As a driver, you must stop at any intersection with a stop sign before entering the crosswalk or, if there is no crosswalk, a clearly marked stop line. This rule must be followed unless otherwise directed by a police officer or a traffic control signal.

Rules of Yield Signs

Yield signs mean you must wait to continue along the road until you have let all oncoming cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians go by. State law requires drivers to stop at the sign before entering the crosswalk or intersection if required to do so for safety. 

Penalties for Violation

Violating these laws are petty offenses in Illinois, which are punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 in addition to any mandatory court costs and assessments. Disobeying a stop sign, yield sign, or traffic control device (e.g. red light) are all treated as moving violations under Illinois law. Paying your ticket will result in a conviction, which will be entered in your driving record and count against a suspension of your driver’s license. Convictions will likely cause increased insurance rates as well.

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