Police plead with the public to ‘move over’ as East Peoria officer recovers from serious injuries
EAST PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The East Peoria Police officer, whose squad car was hit by a suspected drunk driver late Wednesday, is still hospitalized.
His fellow officer, who was there when the crash happened, is reiterating the message said so often by law enforcement and political leaders in recent years...and that is for motorists to “move over.”
Officer Karson Klyber remains hospitalized after his car was hit from behind Wednesday night on I-74 near the Murray Baker Bridge.
Klyber was called in to help Officer Adam Chittick, who was responding to a separate accident.
Chittick noted several cars were not moving over despite the squad car flashing its bright hazard lights.
Chittick spoke with 25 News about the “Move Over Law,” also known as “Scott’s Law.” It requires drivers to slow down or move over when they are approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.
“Drivers need to be aware, and they need to be focusing their attention on the roadway, and not on their phones or other distractions,” said Officer Chittick.
“Those emergency lights are brighter than they ever have been. If you start seeing emergency lights a mile down the road, that’s the time that you should be starting to reduce your speed,” said Chittick.
“Scott’s Law” violators face stiff penalties if they’re found guilty, said Illinois State Police Trooper Haylie Polistina.
“The fines can be anywhere from $250 up to $10,000 for the first offense, and violators can face a suspension of their driver’s license from six months to two years if someone is injured in that crash,” Trooper Polistina said.
Authorities said the driver accused of crashing into the squad car Wednesday night was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Ashley List, 29, is jailed now for violating “Scott’s Law,” aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and possession of cannabis. List is expected to appear in court Monday.
Meantime, a GoFundMe page has been created to help Officer Klyber. Late Friday afternoon, 444 GoFundMe donors pledged $29,226, just short of its $30,000 fundraising goal.
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