Scott’s Law As A Traffic Safety Initiative And Enforcement Efforts

Scott’s Law, also referred to as the Illinois “Move Over” law, is intended to protect various people from passing traffic. Among these people are those that, due to their jobs or responsibilities are often required to be near passing traffic. Among these people are police officers, tow truck drivers, and other personnel. Scott’s Law, and its origins, is further discussed on the “What Is Scott’s Law – aka The Illinois ‘Move Over’ Law” post. An excerpt from that page:

The two main directives from the law is to slow down and move over when there is a stopped emergency vehicle, or a maintenance or construction vehicle with flashing lights. These flashing lights can be of various colors, as discussed on the page. Applicable emergency or maintenance vehicles include fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, tow trucks, maintenance and construction vehicles.

If possible, the oncoming driver should change to a lane away from the stopped vehicle and proceed with caution.

On January 22, 2020, the Lake & McHenry County Scanner published an article concerning Scott’s Law enforcement efforts. The article is titled “Extra ‘Move Over’ Law patrols result in 281 citations, 77 arrests.” Two excerpts from this article:

The statewide detail began on Sunday, Jan. 12, and ended on Saturday, Jan. 18. Officials said that the enforcement detail focused on making Illinois roads safer through raising awareness of the Move Over Law.

During the special enforcement period, ISP troopers issued 281 Move Over Law citations, wrote 64 warnings and made 77 arrests through 503 Scott’s Law details statewide.


In 2019, 27 Illinois State Police squad cars, which were stationary, had been struck by vehicles who violated the Move Over Law, higher than the past three years combined. Two of those crashes resulted in the deaths of Trooper Christopher Lambert and Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.

Additional details concerning Scott’s Law and enforcement initiatives concerning it can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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