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Expansion of Move-Over Law to Protect Motorists

Written by Ankin Law Office

After experiencing the deadliest year on Illinois roadways for nearly a decade, Illinois State Police are taking prompt action to cut down on these fatalities. One initiative is to expand the Move Over Law, which requires motorists to switch lanes or reduce their speeds when they see an emergency vehicle.

Traffic Fatality Statistics

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the number of traffic accidents and fatalities have increased steadily over the last several years, based on the following data:

  • In 2009, there were 832 fatal accidents that resulted in 911 fatalities.
  • In 2015, there were 914 fatal accidents that resulted in 998 fatalities.
  • In 2016, there were 992 fatal accidents that resulted in 1,073 fatalities.

The number of traffic accident fatalities in 2016 was at the highest point than it has been in the last several years, returning to the approximate numbers that they were between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, there were 950 fatal accidents with 1,043 fatalities. The year 2007 resulted in 1,126 fatal accidents and 1,248 fatalities. 2006 resulted in 1,136 accidents that resulted in the death of 1,254 individuals.

Move Over Law

The Move Over Law, or “Scott’s Law,” requires motorists to switch lanes or reduce speeds when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights. However, the law has now been expanded to require drivers to take these same steps when they approach any vehicle that has flashing lights. A car accident attorney can help if an injury occurs because a driver fails to move over.

Other Initiatives

The Move Over Law is part of a wider plan of action by the Illinois State Police to help strengthen safe-driving habits for Illinois motorists. This initiative includes providing education and enforcement to state motorists who are reminded that if they drive without insurance that their vehicle can be towed if they have a previous conviction within the last year of driving without insurance. Additionally, driving between 26 and 34 mph through a school or construction zone can result in a Class B misdemeanor.

Categories: Auto Accidents