LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Outraged by the deaths of three state troopers on Illinois roadways this year, state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, is promoting April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month and reminding drivers to slow down and move over for stopped vehicles and emergency personnel.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and communities safe,” Edly-Allen said. “Motorists must drive responsibly and thoughtfully so that our police, firefighters, and other first responders return home to their families after work each day.”
Since the beginning of the year, 16 Illinois State Police vehicles have been struck and three troopers have lost their lives. Edly-Allen is urging drivers to adhere to the state’s “Move Over” law which requires drivers to change lanes and reduce speed if they see emergency vehicles on the roadside. In addition, Edly Allen is reminding residents that everything from cellphones to dashboard computers can serve as a distraction and take drivers attention off of the road.
“These tragedies are entirely preventable and are occurring because reckless drivers continue to make dangerous choices,” Edly-Allen said. “It only takes a split second off a motorist taking their eyes off the road to change someone’s life forever. No call, text, email or picture is worth putting someone in danger.”