Quick Answer: Are Police Officers Exempt From Traffic Laws?

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.

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.

Are police officers allowed to break traffic laws?

Can traffic police officers legally break traffic rules? Strictly speaking, most states permit law enforcement officers to violate traffic laws only when their car is displaying red/blue emergency lights and/or a siren (some states require both; some, one or the other).

Can police disobey traffic laws?

They can go up the one-way street in the opposite direction, do U-turns when not allowed or ignore no-entry signs etc. Can the police, if not answering an emergency call, disobey traffic laws? There is a local magistrate court located on the main road.