ISP issues warning after several troopers nearly hit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
The Illinois State Police (ISP) says several troopers almost got hit on several different occasions Monday while helping drivers who slid off icy highways.
Trooper Sean Ramsey said at one point on Monday, a passing semi was so close to hitting him, he could have reached his arm out and touched the truck.
"It's hard not to take it personally because we're trying to help people out there and in doing so, it could happen at any time,” Ramsey said. “A lot of us realize it's not a matter of if it happens, it's when."
In Illinois, Scott's law, which is also known as the move over law, requires all drivers to safely move over or slow down for emergency or maintenance vehicles stopped on roadways.
The law was expanded in January 2017 to include any car with its hazard lights on, not just emergency and maintenance vehicles.
Violating the move over law could land you with up to a $10,000 fine, a suspended driver’s license and in extreme cases, jail time.