Illinois transportation, safety and government leaders have teamed up to emphasize the importance of the Move Over Law - a lifesaving initiative - by launching Give Them Distance to educate drivers to slow down and change lanes safely when approaching ANY vehicle with flashing lights.

Whether you’re stranded on the side of the road due to a flat tire or having engine trouble, the Move Over Law is intended to protect ALL OF US.

Roadway Workers Everyday Drivers

 

What is the Move Over Law?

Effective January 1, 2017, Scott’s Law, also known as the “Move Over” law, was expanded to require passing drivers to slow down and change lanes safely when approaching ANY vehicle with its hazard lights on, not just emergency and maintenance vehicles.

 

What should I do if I'm stalled or stranded on the side of the road?

The Illinois State Police Department requests that motorists who find themselves stopped on the shoulder for emergencies or car problems,

  1. Activate hazard lights
  2. Call *999, if applicable, or other emergency number
  3. Stay in vehicle with seat belts on
  4. Wait for an emergency vehicle to arrive on the scene to assist

What should I do when I see a vehicle with flashing lights?

1) Slow Down

 

2) Change Lanes Safely

 

Will I get a ticket if I don't comply with the Move Over Law?

Drivers who fail to comply with the Move Over Law face serious penalties, including:

  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • 2- year suspension of driving privileges 
  • Jail time, in extreme cases
Drivers who fail to comply face serious penalties

Help Spread the Word

Spread this vital message to Illinois drivers, making our roads safer for ALL OF US.

 

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Newsletter Articles

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Give Them Distance: Don’t risk it. Slow down and change lanes

We’ve all been there: pulled over on the side of the road due to a flat tire or engine trouble, cars and trucks speeding past us within only a few feet of our vehicle. This is the difficult and dangerous reality faced by our police officers, first responders, firefighters and roadside workers every day.  

A coalition of public safety leaders throughout the state recently launched Give Them Distance, a road safety campaign to educate drivers about Illinois’ Move Over Law. 

While drivers may be familiar with the Move Over Law as it applies to emergency vehicles and maintenance workers, many do not know that in Illinois, this law was expanded on January 1, 2017, to require passing drivers to slow down and change lanes when approaching any vehicle with hazard lights flashing.

Drivers who fail to comply with the Move Over Law face serious penalties, including: 

  • Up to a $10,000 fine 
  • 2-year suspension of driving privileges  
  • Jail time, in extreme cases 

Help us remind everyone of this simple-to-understand road safety message; whenever approaching any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing, drivers should slow down and change lanes safely.

Please visit GiveThemDistance.com to learn more about this important campaign, take the pledge to commit to safer roads, and spread the word on social media.


Social Media Messages

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Like Give Them Distance on Facebook and Twitter, share content or create original messaging with the templates below.

Help this important message go viral!

  1. Share the facebook.com/givethemdistance posts on your page/timeline.
  2. Create a new post to your page/timeline by using one of the sample messages below.
  3. Create your new, custom post. Be sure to include #GiveThemDistance and link to GiveThemDistance.com for more information.

If you see ANY vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing lights #GiveThemDistance. Slow down. Change Lanes Safely. #Move Over. It's the law in Illinois.

 

Be a life-saver. If you see a stopped vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights, #GiveThemDistance. Slow Down. Change Lanes Safely. #MoveOver. It's the law in Illinois.


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Print Ready Materials

 

Poster

Give Them Distance - Poster

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Fact Sheet

Give Them Distance - Fact Sheet

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PowerPoint Slide

Give Them Distance - PowerPoint Slide

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Give Them Distance - Rack Card - Side 1  Give Them Distance - Rack Card - Side 2

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Partner Videos

AAA - Slow Down, Move Over

IDOT - Scott's Law (Move Over Law)

 

Campaign Logos

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