CHICAGO – In an effort to highlight driver and emergency service’s safety on our roads, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is raising awareness of the Move Over Law, or Scott’s Law, through the Give Them Distance campaign.

“Many drivers do not know about the recent updates to the Move Over Law that can have severe and costly consequences if they fail to adhere to the rules,” said Harper. “That’s why I want to let people know what they should do on the road when they see emergency services responding to crises.”

In 2002, the first Move Over law was implemented to increase emergency services’ ability to safely assist people in danger, and was recently amended to add penalties for drivers who fail to adhere to the law’s stipulations. Through the Give Them Distance initiative, Harper wants drivers to know about the law’s new changes because they could face a minimum $10,000 fine, risk a two-year suspension of driving privileges and even possible jail time for extreme circumstances. Harper is encouraging people to view for more information.

“If people know about these easy safety steps, then they can help save themselves from a lot of trouble and also ensure safety for emergency service providers and others on the road,” said Harper. “Driver should always stay safe on the roads, move over, slow down and let emergency services do their job.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park.

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