SCHILLER PARK — Gov. Bruce Rauner joined state officials to announce a new roadway safety campaign aimed at raising awareness of an Illinois law requiring motorists to move over for stopped vehicles with flashing lights.
The state law was first enacted in 2002, requiring motorists to slow down, move over and change lanes if possible to make room for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights. The law was expanded in January 2017 to include any vehicle with flashing hazard lights.
Rauner along with officials from the Illinois Tollway, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation and other groups on Wednesday announced the new "Give Them Distance" safe-driving initiative highlighting the law. Motorists who don't comply face a fine up to $10,000, a two-year suspension of driving privileges and possible jail time.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office was among law enforcement agencies that recognized National Move Over Day in October. While conducting awareness demonstrations, they were joined by Chris Moore, a 49-year-old tow truck operator who was severely injured when he was struck by a car in February while working on the shoulder of Interstate 72 near Argenta. The driver fled the scene and has not been found.