DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA)– This week law enforcement officers are telling drivers to slow down, move over or be prepared to pay up for breaking the law. It’s all through a traffic awareness campaign.
In 2017 Chris Moore was working as a tow truck driver. While he was helping a customer on the road, he was hit. He’s still recovering physically and mentally. “In pain all the time,” said Moore, “Struggles, I’ve got metal in my legs.” Law enforecement officers across the state are trying to prevent this from happening to others. They’re taking part in a traffic awareness campaign, reminding drivers of Scott’s Law, slow down and move over. “And I’m directing my office to make sure we pay closer attention to individuals that are driving distracted,” said Macon County Sheriff Antonio Brown.
If you’re caught, it will cost you. “Last year we were setting up some enforcements to basically educate individuals about the violations. Now we’re going to actually issue citations,” said Brown. This year two troopers died while handling traffic related stops on the road. A third trooper died when he was hit by a wrong way driver. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says this year 16 officers have been hit while working on the side of the road.
“When it comes down to it, there’s going to be a zero tolerance as far as our office,” said Brown. Moore says he’s working with legislators to get stronger enforcement and harsher penalties for breaking the law. “I hope people will start getting the message that we’re done playing. There’s no reason you can’t slow down and move over,” said Moore.