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Illinois State Police Initiate “Operation Lambert”

Illinois State Police Initiate “Operation Lambert”

Illinois State Police are conducting a statewide enforcement detail “Operation Lambert” through Saturday, January 18th, that will focus on making Illinois roads safer through raising awareness of the Move Over (Scott’s) Law. The detail is dedicated to fallen Trooper Christopher Lambert who was killed
in the line of duty on January 12th when he was struck by a passing motorist while outside his patrol car handling another crash on I-294 in the Chicago area.

In 2019, 27 ISP stationary squad cars had been struck by vehicles and drivers who violated the Move Over (Scott’s) Law, higher than the number of all ISP crashes of this sort that occurred in all of 2016, 2017 and 2018. State Police officials say two of these crashes resulted in the tragic, unnecessary deaths of Trooper Christopher Lambert and Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.

Effective as of Jan. 1, violators of Illinois’ Move Over (Scott’s) Law will be fined no less than $250 for a first offense and no less than $750 for a subsequent offense. If the violation involves property damage, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period anywhere between 3 to 12 months.  If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between 6 months and two years.

The Move Over (Scott’s) Law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights, and any stationary vehicle with their hazard lights activated. The law also states, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe, drivers are required to proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle and leave a safe distance until safely passing the stationary vehicle.