Are Police Officers Exempt From Speeding?

The short answer is no.

Police or any other law enforcement officers are not above the law.

However, there are exceptions for when they are working.

They are allowed to speed if they have an audible noise, such as sirens, while responding to a call.

Can police drive as fast as they want?

The law and department policy will usually state that an officer must drive with due regard for public safety. 120 MPH on a 4 lane highway at 3am with no traffic and clear road conditions is a lot different than 120 MPH on a city street with congested traffic. Personally, I’ve taken a cruiser up to 145ish MPH.

Can a cop pull you over without sirens?

Police can’t pull you over without probable cause.

They need a reason, or “probable cause,” like speeding or a broken tail light. Let’s say you are speeding, the police do pull you over, and they do find drugs in your car.

Can a police car speed without lights on?

Some states may allow police to disobey traffic laws under specific conditions. The same statute requires all emergency vehicles — except police vehicles — to use lights and sirens when disobeying traffic laws. So, yes. In Illinois, police officers can speed without lights and siren.

Are police exempt from parking laws?

Police have no statutory exemption for yellow line parking restrictions. However, local authorities can write a traffic order to make police vehicles exempt from restrictions.