Illinois State Trooper Narrowly Avoids Injury in Move Over Crash

An Illinois State Trooper was lucky to escape unharmed from a crash in which the Trooper’s vehicle was struck by a vehicle going too fast for conditions and that had failed to move over. According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, an unnamed Illinois State Trooper in District 16 was investigating a crash in a ditch on Interstate 39 near Mile Post 117 in Winnebago County when a blue 2019 Hyundai, driven by 18 year old David A Walker of Malta, Illinois lost control and spun into the rear of the Trooper’s vehicle. Thankfully the vehicle from the original crash was unharmed and the Trooper was unharmed despite severe damage to the squad car.

Walker was charged with; a violation of Scott’s Law, Too Fast for Conditions and Improper Lane Usage. A person who violates Scott’s Law commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. The ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when it is safe to do so.

“Troopers risk their lives daily to protect the public. We ask that you do your part by paying attention as you drive, and obey Scott’s Law,” stated ISP District 16 Commander, Captain Joseph Blanchette. “These crashes are completely preventable, always drive sober and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” added Captain Blanchette.

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