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Move over to save the lives of those who protect you

When you see the flashing lights of an ambulance, do you pull over to the side of the road or get out of the way to give them a right to pass? If you see an officer on the side of the road, do you move over into a lane farther away from them to prevent an accident? If you do, then you're doing what you should according to Scott's Law. If you don't, then you could be breaking the law.

Also known as a "move over" law, Scott's Law asks that people move over, slow down or stop for law enforcement and other emergency personnel when their hazard or emergency lights are on. Why is this so important? There are dozens of instances where officers or emergency crews have arrived at the scene of an accident or pulled someone over just to end up in an accident when someone on the roads doesn't move over and hits the officer's cruiser or team's ambulance. In those cases, the original victims, the officers, emergency medical technicians and others are all put in danger.

Scott's Law was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen from the Chicago Police Department. He was hit and killed when a drunk driver collided with him while he was assisting at the scene of a crash. This incident led to the law, which mandates that drivers reduce their speed, change lanes and proceed with due caution.

As a student, you may not have known about this law, but you do now. Always try to drive as far from emergency personnel as possible to prevent a collision.

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