Durbin: 'Move Over' To Save Lives Of Police & First Responders

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today paid tribute to three Illinois State Troopers who have been killed after being struck by vehicles on the sides of roads and highways this year. Durbin honored Illinois State Troopers Brooke Jones-Story, Jerry Ellis, and Chris Lambert, and recognized the efforts of Lucy Kuelper, the daughter of an Illinois State Trooper who created a Facebook page to raise awareness about Scott’s Law, which requires motorists to slow down and, if possible, move over when they see a parked squad car, fire engine or ambulance with flashing lights.

“What makes the deaths of these three public servants – these three heroes – even harder to bear is that Illinois passed a law nearly 20 years ago that was supposed to make the roads safer for police and other emergency responders,” Durbin said.  “I believe that the federal government also needs to do more.  In the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization, I will be working to increase funding for highway safety grants to provide states with the resources to better enforce these laws.”

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here for TV Stations.