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12/23/2019 1:05:00 PM
Violations to Scott's Law will result in higher fines in 2020

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police (ISP) continues to urge motorists to obey the Move Over Law — also known as Scott's Law — and use caution when approaching stationary emergency vehicles or any other stationary vehicle displaying flashing lights on the interstates and roads.

The year 2019 has been an especially tragic one for the Illinois State Police. Twenty-seven ISP stationary squad cars have been struck by vehicles, higher than the number of all ISP crashes of this sort that occurred in all of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Enforcement has increased as a result. In 2019, ISP has issued nearly 6,300 citations thus far for violating Scott's Law — which is nearly 5,300 more than the combined totals of the two previous years. Effective January 1, 2020, violators of Illinois' Move Over (Scott's) Law will be fined no less than $250 for a first offense and no less than $750 for a subsequent offense. If the violation involves property damage, the violator's driver's license will be suspended for a mandatory period anywhere between 3 to 12 months. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator's driver's license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between 6 months and two years.

"Following Scott's Law is a matter of life and death for our brave first responders who are just trying to do their jobs," said Governor JB Pritzker. "The law is simple: slow down and move over if you see a first responder on the side of the road."

The Move Over Law was enacted in 2002 in memory of Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed on Dec. 23, 2000, by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene.

Scott's Law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights, and any stationary vehicle with their hazard lights activated. The law also states, if changing would be impossible or unsafe, drivers are required to proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle and leave a safe distance until safely passing the stationary vehicle.

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