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Illinois State Police ramp up enforcement of the ‘Move Over Law’

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WEEK (PEORIA) -- Illinois State Police announced in a press release over the next few weeks they would "aggressively enforce" violations of the 'Move Over Law' also known as 'Scott's Law.'

The law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles or any vehicles stopped on the side of the road with hazard lights on.

Illinois State Police, Colonel David Byrd, was hit by a drunk driver back in the 90's. He proves just how important it is to change lanes when approaching stationary vehicles.

"I can still vividly remember me closing the door and getting hit immediately after I closed the door," he continued, "If you work the roadways for an extensive amount of time, there's a good possibility you might get rear ended by an intoxicated driver or someone who's distracted."

Fortunatley, he only needed a coulple of stitches to the back of his head, but not everyone is able to walk away like that.

Illinois State Police said in 2021, 10 squad cars had already been hit. Meanwhile, in 2020 only 15 were hit the entire year.

"It's alarming for me, I lose sleep at night worrying about my troopers coming home everyday," said Byrd.

Violaters face fines of no less than $250 and up to $10,000 for a first offense. If someone is injured, the violators driver's license could be suspended.

Byrd said it boils down to safety and courtesy.

"He or she is on the side of the road changing a tire, has his hazards on and you won't move over to give them the space they need to safely change that tire. That just doesn't make any sense to me," said Byrd.

Byrd said state troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who disobey the law and all distracted driving violations.

"As a motor republic we can do better. Matter of fact, we're going to have to," said Byrd.

Paige Blanzy

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