Illinois State Police announce plan to educate public on roadside law

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(WEHT)- A new initiative from the Illinois State Police is dedicated to fallen Illinois State Trooper, Christopher Lambert. Lambert was struck and killed in 2019 by a car passing by the scene of an accident.

Special statewide details will begin Sunday to raise awareness of Move over (Scott’s) Law, which 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 lanes 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.

Effective as of Jan. 1, 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. 

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(This story was originally published on January 12, 2020)

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