Give Them Distance
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.
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,
- Activate hazard lights
- Call *999, if applicable, or other emergency number
- Stay in vehicle with seat belts on
- Wait for an emergency vehicle to arrive on the scene to assist
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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 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 and the Give Them Distance Facebook page to learn more about Give Them Distance and help spread this vital road safety message.
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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.