Does anyone else get a sense that Illinois drivers have either forgotten what they learned in Driver's Ed or just thrown it all out the window?

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Over the past week or two, I've had to pull over for an ambulance, police vehicle, or fire truck. No biggie, it cost me a whole 5 seconds.

Almost every time this happened, at least 4 or 5 times of late, I've witnessed a handful of vehicles completely disregard an emergency vehicle.

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The rules of the road don't require us to pull over or and come to a complete stop every time this happens but the rules that do apply are LAWS.

(Note: Laws don't mean it's a suggestion.)

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Are drivers who don't yield to emergency vehicles careless, in a hurry, distracted, or are they within their rights?

ILLINOIS LAW

On page 6 of Illinois' "A Quick Guide To Safe Driving," the laws are clearly stated on what to do if an emergency vehicle with lights and/or sirens is active.

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.

If you're on a road or highway with a divide, a barrier, or a median, you do NOT need to pull over or reduce speed, according to Dixon.gov.

Also, did you know it's illegal to use take a picture less than 500 feet of an emergency scene "except in certain circumstances?"

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Put your phone down and pay attention.

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