Some of these traffic lights in Rockford take freakin' forever! If there's a parking lot close by, I can just "sneak" through there and avoid this light and the traffic...Right? NOLO

Admit it, you've done this. I'm not going to say exactly where, but there's a place pretty close to the radio station where a parking lot makes your travel quite a bit easier, and quicker.

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So what's the law in Illinois?

Is it illegal to cut through that parking lot to avoid traffic, and the long lights? Yes, it is.

Here's the legal breakdown:

Illinois motorists who leave the roadway and travel across private property to avoid an official traffic control device face a fine of $75 to $1,000. - NOLO

The bold writing on all of this is, if you are avoiding a traffic light...that's a huge no-no. Blow off that red light, and if you are're in big trouble!

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Here's the super smart version of this:

However, if you cut across a parking lot to avoid a red light at an intersection, you violated 625 ILCS 5/11-305(b), "Obedience to and required traffic-control devices." This statute prohibits crossing private property with the intent to avoid a traffic control device. Quora 

Now, according to this article if you are cutting through a parking lot just to cut through, and there was no traffic light you are avoiding...You should be ok. Make sure there isn't a "No Through Traffic" or "Private Property" sign. You "should" be fine.

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