Illinois lawmakers get serious about 'move over law' violations

Alex Degman
May 15, 2019 - 11:03 am

(Illinois State Police)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — Drivers who ignore Illinois' Move Over Law may soon face tougher penalties.

New legislation raises the fines for not switching lanes when a vehicle with flashing lights is on the side of the road.

State Senator Tony Muñoz, a former police officer, says with 16 state troopers hit so far this year — they have to do something.

"It's a shame that we had to come in and put some enhancement penalties into this," Muñoz said. "Hopefully people will realize that they can go to jail for this and pay some hefty fines. But not only that, you can seriously hurt someone or even kill them."

Under the bill, the fine will be 250 dollars for a first offense and 750 for a second offense. An additional 250 dollar fee will be added atop that to help pay for a public education campaign. Drivers who hit a first responder would face felony charges.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office is launching a public education campaign on Illinois' move over law.

"We want first responders to live a long and productive life. We want them to able to continue to discharge their duties in a manner in which all of us can be proud. We also want them to be able to get back home with their families at the end of the work day," White said.

Also called Scott's Law, it requires drivers to move over if they see first responders with flashing lights on the side of the road up ahead.

Reminders will be included in drivers license and vehicle registration notices, and a question on the law will be added to the written driving test.

Sixteen Illinois State Police troopers have been hit while on duty so far this year; three have died.

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