SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE DISCUSSES THE MOVE OVER LAW At the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, my staff does everything we can to ensure our roads are the safest ever and that everything runs smoothly. We are committed to making sure those who have driving privileges are properly licensed at all times. To bolster this effort, my office is launching a public education campaign to remind motorists to slow down, drive cautiously in work zones, and to adhere to the Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law. The campaign includes adding a reminder about the Move Over Law to driver’s license and vehicle registration
renewal notices, as well as providing a pamphlet on the law for statewide distribution at all Driver Services facilities. Additionally, I have instructed the Secretary of State Police to conduct periodic stings throughout the state to enforce the Move Over Law.
s c o n s t r u c t i o n professionals, you are more than familiar with the danger of working on the side of the road when there is traffic. I have issued a call to action to all motorists in an effort to better protect you and first responders on highways: Stop driving while distracted. Stop texting while driving. Stop driving while impaired. We have a responsibility to drive safely and to protect those who protect us.
Motorists convicted of violating the Move Over Law face a minimum fine of $100 (and up to $10,000), and the offense goes on the motorist’s driving record. A violator’s driver’s license is suspended for 24 months in the event of a fatality and six months in the event of personal injury. Effective July 1, a new law will classify first-time offenses of texting while driving as moving violations. Currently, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses are treated as moving violations, while first offenses are treated as nonmoving violations.