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Illinois State Police photo.

The Illinois State Police and Governor J.B. Pritzker are imploring drivers to move over for parked emergency vehicles. Illinois law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching parked emergency vehicles or any vehicle with its hazard lights on. If changing lanes isn't possible, drivers should slow down and proceed with caution.

A press release from the ISP and Governor's Office says six ISP squad cars were hit in the past three days by drivers not moving over. A total of ten ISP squad cars have been been hit in 2021. Three of the crashes led to injures including one serious injury that required an ISP trooper to be airlifted to a hospital.

ISP Director Brendan Kelly says it's about more than obeying the law, it's about basic decency and respect for the lives of those trying to help the public.

A violation of Scott's Law could lead to a $250-$10,000 fine.

The ISP is asking people to stay home when possible to avoid driving in the the recent inclement weather. If travel is necessary, drivers are asked to give themselves plenty of time to arrive, reduce speed, and avoid tailgating.