ILLINOIS (WCIA) — In 2018, there were eight car accidents involving Illinois State Police officers. So far in 2019, there have been 14.
Governor J.B. Pritzker joined Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly and a group of state police officers on Monday to call on the people of Illinois to be more responsible on the roads.
“Our state troopers are putting their lives on the line every single day,“ Pritzker said. “They are our heroes and first responders, keeping people safe. No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that they need to put a trooper’s life at risk. No one’s time or convenience is worth more than the lives of our state’s heroes.”
Drivers who choose to not pull over to make way for emergency vehicles are breaking the law.
The “Move Over“ law was enacted in 2002 after an officer was struck and killed by a drunk driver. One of the 14 accidents in the last three months also led to the death of an officer.
Trooper Christopher Lambert was killed by a driver in January just outside of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook.
“That call to his family that I made is a call that I never want to make again,“ Pritzker said. “Not for this. Not because a driver was in too big of a hurry to obey the law and keep our troopers safe“.
Penalties for violating the “Move Over“ law include a fine anywhere between 100 dollars and 10 thousand dollars. A driver’s license could also be suspended for up to two years.