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Deputies ask drivers to show more caution

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Route 51 becoming a danger spot for law enforcement

Here’s an important safety reminder from Lt. Jamie Belcher with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

In recent weeks deputies in Forsyth have noticed that motorists are not moving over to the left while law enforcement officers are making traffic stops, Belcher recently reported in a memo to Village Hall. According to Belcher, this is happening mainly on Route 51, and he added that some vehicles are passing in such close proximity that deputies are almost being struck.

Belcher noted that Illinois law stipulates that any time a motorist comes upon an emergency or maintenance vehicle stopped along the road with its emergency or amber flashing lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and move over to the left, if possible, while they pass the stopped emergency vehicle. If moving to the left is not possible, drivers should stop or proceed slowly if there is ample room to do so.

Belcher also reminded that emergency and maintenance vehicles include, but are not limited to, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, snow plows, road maintenance crews, tow trucks and mail vehicles.

For additional information, visit the Move Over Illinois website at www.moveoverillinois.org.

According to the organization’s website, the mission of Move Over Illinois, which was founded by families of Illinois State Troopers, is to help save the lives of first responders and emergency professionals. 

If you have additional questions, contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at (217) 424-1320.

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