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Illinois Tollway Working with Truck Enforcement Community to Promote Give Them Distance

The Illinois Tollway is teaming up with police officers specializing in trucking enforcement to continue promoting the importance of the Move Over Law.

Attending the annual Illinois Truck Enforcement Association on March 6 in Naperville, Tollway staff brought its Give Them Distance message to ask for help from police and the trucking industry to continue educating the public about the importance and consequences of the safety law.

The Illinois Truck Enforcement Association is a coalition of police officers that works with the trucking industry to promote safe roads and uniform enforcement laws and to serve as a resource for the trucking industry.

The Move Over Law, also known as “Scott’s Law,” protects emergency responders, workers and ALL motorists who are stopped along the road by requiring drivers to slow down and change lanes safely when approaching ANY vehicle with its hazard lights on.

Scott’s Law was first enacted in 2002 after Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene in December 2000. 

The law originally required drivers to slow down and change lanes safely when approaching emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road and was expanded in 2017 to apply not only to emergency and maintenance vehicles, but any vehicle stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing.

In 2019, fines increased to $250 for first-time violations and to $750 for subsequent violations. 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, and jail time, including to up to three years in prison if the violation results in an injury or death of another person.

Find out more about the Give Them Distance initiative and take the Give Them Distance pledge at GiveThemDistance.com

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