Tri-Cities police departments have announced that they will be combining efforts this upcoming holiday week in an effort to reduce crashes and enhance roadway safety through enhanced enforcement.
The Geneva, Batavia, and St. Charles Police departments are joining forces to conduct additional selected location patrols during the week of Memorial Day. Beginning on Monday, May 23, through Monday, May 30, police will focus their enforcement efforts on heavily traveled roadways (Randall Road, Route 31, Route 25, and Kirk Road).
The departments will be focusing their efforts on educating motorists and enforcing traffic laws as they relate to speed, distracted driving, seat belts, Scott’s Law, and driving under the influence.
The police agencies are emphasizing the move over law (Scott’s Law) and using caution when approaching emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Scott’s Law has been in effect since 2002. It is named in memory and honor of Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed in December 2000. Motorists must change lanes, if they can do so safely, or reduce their speed significantly and proceed with caution upon approaching any emergency vehicles.
Each agency will implement an enforcement plan based on the individual needs of their communities.