Illinois State Police have seen an increase of people violating Scott’s Law, also known as the ‘Move Over’ law.
It requires drivers to reduce their speed and move over if possible when they see any vehicle on the side of the road with their hazards on.
ISP said 26 trooper squad cars have been hit in 2019 and three have been hit within the last week.
5,860 citations were issued from January 1 – November 3, 2019, while in the same time period in 2018 only 728 citations were issued.
Over the years, distracted driving has increased among drivers especially with people using their cell phones, police said.
“Illinois is a hands free state and that means you can’t use your cell phone in any manner and it needs to be out of your hands and you need to concentrate on the task at hand and that’s to drive safely,” Master Sergeant Jeff Schisler said.
In November, Illinois State Police will conduct road side safety checks where officers will focus on fatal four violations, which contribute the greatest to traffic crashes and death:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Safety Belt and Child Restraint use
- Distracted Driving
With winter weather approaching Schisler added that drivers need to mindful, because slick roads can make driving conditions even more dangerous.