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Posted on: October 24, 2018

Give Them Distance: Don’t Risk It. Slow Down and Change Lanes

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We’ve all been there: pulled over on the side of the road due to a flat tire or engine trouble, cars and trucks speeding past us within only a few feet of our vehicle. This is the difficult and dangerous reality faced by our police officers, first responders, firefighters and roadside workers every day.  

A coalition of public safety leaders throughout the state recently launched Give Them Distance, a road safety campaign to educate drivers about Illinois’ Move Over Law. 

While drivers may be familiar with the Move Over Law as it applies to emergency vehicles and maintenance workers, many do not know that in Illinois, this law was expanded on January 1, 2017, to require passing drivers to slow down and change lanes when approaching any vehicle with hazard lights flashing.

Drivers who fail to comply with the Move Over Law face serious penalties, including: 

  • Up to a $10,000 fine 
  • 2-year suspension of driving privileges  
  • Jail time, in extreme cases 

Help us remind everyone of this simple-to-understand road safety message; whenever approaching any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing, drivers should slow down and change lanes safely.

Please visit GiveThemDistance.com to learn more about this important campaign, take the pledge to commit to safer roads, and spread the word on social media.


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