Springfield, IL – A worrying trend of safety violations emerged over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, as the Illinois State Police (ISP) reported five crashes involving their squad cars. These incidents, occurring between January 12-15, 2024, highlighted a concerning disregard for the Move Over Law, also known as “Scott’s Law,” which requires motorists to yield to stationary emergency vehicles.
One significant incident occurred on January 12 on Interstate 90 in Kane County. An ISP Troop 3 officer and his K9 companion were at a crash site when their vehicle, parked on the shoulder with emergency lights on, was hit from behind by a Honda CRV. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The Honda’s driver, Luis A. Acosta Garcia, faced charges related to the Move Over Law and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Additional incidents over the weekend in DuPage and Williamson Counties, as well as on Interstates 290 and 57, further underscored the risks faced by law enforcement on the roads.
These crashes resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to officers and led to various charges against the involved drivers, including violations of the Move Over Law and driving under the influence.
These events follow a worrying pattern observed in previous years, with 21 Move Over Law-related crashes in 2023 and 23 in 2022. The ISP continues to remind the public of the critical importance of the Move Over Law, emphasizing the safety of emergency personnel on the roads. Violations of this law not only pose a significant risk to first responders but also carry severe legal consequences, including hefty fines and possible license suspension.