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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Move Over for the Copper

Something I learned in driver's ed over a decade ago, but I guess some people still don't understand it... just passing it along.

I've seen plenty of dashboard videos of the officer standing next to a vehicle talking to the person pulled over when a car comes and takes out the copper.






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This is just a warning about something that happened to my friend Denise.
She Was driving on I-88 in the right lane.



She was not speeding.


There was a Illinois Police car sitting in the right shoulder with the lights on.


The officer Was sitting in the car.



There was no one pulled over.



She continued in the right lane and passed him.

She was immediately pulled over by the cop and cited for
Violating Scott's law which I found is a law that requires you to move over
(if Possible) to the left lane if an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road.



She pleaded ignorance of the law but was given a ticket and was assigned a Mandatory court date for which she appeared.



She spoke to the judge and he Asked Her if she wanted a trial.



She said that she could not testify that she did
Not Commit the violation but that she was unaware of the law.

She pleaded guilty and was fined $100.00.


She thought that was it.



Two weeks later she received a notice from the Secretary of

State that her license has been suspended for 3 months because of this
Violation.



She spoke to the Secretary of State office as no one ever mentioned that
She would lose her license.



As expected, they did not care and if she wanted a

Hearing on the matter or a hearing to ask for a license to drive to work, she Could expect a hearing date in about 3 months.



Just wanted to warn everyone about this.



I was not aware of this law although I Usually move over anyway.



Apparently, in 2007, the state police issued a
Record Number of tickets for this offense.



I thought you might find the following article from snopes.com interesting: http://www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/moveover.asp
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I passed a copper in the left lane in a curve on 290, he had a car pulled over (on the wrong side of the HWY). He was finishing up as I passed, I exited 290 onto 83 north and who didnt know that I would get pulled over. He reamed me out for not moving & said I "shook his cruiser" but I said I had a truck next to me and I didnt expect a car to be pulled over in a turn, on the wrong side. He didnt like that but let me go. He said he has a family and I should be more considerate. I agreed with him and left well enough alone. He meant bidness tho!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2008, 08:13 PM
 
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everytime I see that I just have to wonder...
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