PECATONICA, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 16 Commander, Captain James Alexander, is reminding motorists to be alert for emergency vehicles as they plan their holiday travels throughout the rest of the holiday season and new year, and obey 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,” Alexander said.
The Move Over law, also known as Scott’s Law, mandates that upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall yield the right-of-way by making a lane change if it is safe to do so. The driver shall reduce their speed and proceed with caution if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.
Penalties for violating Scott’s Law can include fines up to $10,000 and a two-year suspension of driving privileges.
“Motorists should be aware that any vehicle authorized to use oscillating, rotating or flashing lights is considered an emergency vehicle under Scott’s Law,” said ISP District 16 Lt. Todd Rohlwing. “Scott’s Law is named after Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by a vehicle while working at a crash scene.
“Sadly, the ISP lost a member of our family when Trooper Kyle Deatherage was struck and killed by a truck tractor semi-trailer earlier last week near Litchfield,” Rohlwing added.
Alexander said: “With extra traffic on the roads this holiday season, there is an increased potential for crashes. Motorists need to pay extra attention to their driving and surroundings, not only to keep themselves safe, but to help protect those who help protect you.”
From the Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013, issue