Be Safe "Move Over"
Scott's Law: The "Move Over" Law
The "Move Over" Law -- Scott's Law mandates that when approaching any police or other emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway, you must:
- proceed with due caution
- change lanes if possible
- reduce your speed
An authorized emergency vehicle under Scott's Law, includes ANY vehicle authorized by law to be equipped with oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights under Section 12-215 of this Code, while the owner or operator of the vehicle is engaged in his or her official duties.
The Urbana Police Department wants everyone to be safe this holiday season.
"As we approach this holiday season, we at the Urbana Police Department would ask all drivers to move over for emergency vehicles who are out doing their jobs," Chief Bryant Seraphin said.
The law was actually put in motion when a first responder was coming to the aid of a citizen.
Scott's Law was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Scott's Law Chapter 625 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5/11-907(c), mandates that upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red and blue lights or amber or yellow warning lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle :
- proceed with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least 4 lanes with not less than 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approach vehicle.
- proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintain a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.
Violation of Scott's Law
A person in violation of Scott's Law commits a business offense punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000. Scott's Law also provides that it is a factor in aggravation if the person committed the offense while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating compounds. If this is the case, a person's driving privileges shall be:
- Suspended for 90 days to one year if the violation results in damage to the property of another person
- 180 days to 2 years if the violation results in injury to another person
- 2 years if the violation results in the death of another person
Thank you to the Illinois State and Urbana Police Departments for this information.