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pexels antonio batinić 5364345MARYVILLE - To reduce roadside crashes and ensure safety for highway workers, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is reminding motorists of the importance of following Illinois’ “Move Over” law, also known as Scott’s Law.

“When residents drive carelessly, they put themselves, other drivers, highway workers and first responders at risk,” Crowe said. “To prevent potentially deadly roadside crashes, I urge drivers to be vigilant and follow the law by slowing down and giving stopped vehicles plenty of space.”

This Saturday, Oct. 17 is recognized as National Move Over Day. Scott’s Law and other move over laws require drivers to reduce their speed and move into another lane to protect roadside construction workers, first responders and other service vehicles.

In 2019, Crowe sponsored a measure to strengthen Scott’s Law, which increased the minimum fine and extended protections to any disabled vehicle with flashing lights. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

“Our local first responders put their lives at risk every time they go to work for us,” Crowe said. “Following move over laws is a simple way to show our appreciation.”