In Illinois the Move Over Law extends to all motorists.
“In 2002 what we call Scott’s Law the move over law, was enacted,” said Illinois State Trooper Tammy Welborn. “Which requires motorists to move over for emergency vehicles alongside the road who are stationary and have their lights activated.”
So far in 2019, 16 squad cars and troopers have been hit in traffic crashes, three have been fatal.
A tragic pattern Trooper Welborn says is due to drivers not following Scott’s Law.
“Many of those have been due to people not moving over,” she said.
When a driver sees flashing lights on their side of the lane, they need to move over if it’s safe to do so.
“The law requires motorists to move over if you can,” said Trooper Welborn. “If not slow down and proceed with due caution.”
In addition to giving emergency vehicles space, Trooper Welborn encourages drivers to stay focused on the roadways.
“Realize that it could be your loved one there alongside the road,” she said. “And we want to be out there to help take care of those people. And really take care of each other.”