Troopers with Illinois State Police District 16 are reminding drivers to stay alert and watch for emergency vehicles on the roadway while remembering the Move Over law.
"During the past several years in District 16 we have had numerous squad cars damaged and several troopers injured because of motorists violating the Move Over law," ISP District 16 Commander, Captain James Alexander, says.
The law, also known as Scott's Law, requires drivers who are approaching a stationary emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing lights to yield the right-of-way and make a lane change, if possible. If it is not possible to change lanes to avoid the vehicle, reduce speed and proceed with caution.
"Motorists should be aware that any vehicle authorized to use oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights is considered an emergency vehicle under Scott's Law," ISP District 16 Lieutenant Todd Rohlwing says. "Scott's Law is named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by a vehicle while working at a crash scene."
Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage was hit and killed by a semi rig near Litchfield last week.
Penalties for breaking the law include fines up to $10,000 and a two-year license suspension.
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