A surge of crashes involving Illinois State Police troopers has officials urging motorists to follow the move over law.
This year, 14 troopers have been struck while responding to calls. That includes the death of trooper Christopher Lambert back in January. Last year, only 8 troopers were hit.
The law states that when any vehicle has hazard or emergency lights on, drivers must slow down and move to the other lane.
Governor Pritzker says there is no reason to put an officer’s life on the line just because you’re in a hurry.
“No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that they need to put a trooper’s life at risk,” Pritzker said. “No one’s time or convenience is worth more than the lives of our state’s heroes.”
Violators of the move over law can be fined up to $10,000 and have their driver’s license suspended for up to two years.