munoz scotts 021821SPRINGFIELD – To prioritize the safety of first responders, Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) championed new requirements drivers must adhere to when approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road

“First responders prioritize Illinois residents’ safety every day,” Munoz said. “We need to come together to protect the individuals on the front line who are assisting roadside emergencies. Slow down and move over when approaching any vehicle on the side of the road.”

Under the new law, drivers must change lanes, reduce and maintain a safe speed, proceed with caution, be prepared to stop and leave a safe distance until passing an emergency vehicle. The visual signal, such as flashing lights, is an indication to drivers that they are approaching a hazardous condition when circumstances are not immediately clear.

“The men and women of law enforcement throughout the state should not be injured when helping others,” Munoz said. “I will continue to fight for all first responders, and strengthening Scott’s Law is essential to protecting these individuals.”

Public Act 102-0336 took effect Jan. 1.