Officials Asks Motorists To Sign 'Give Them Distance' Pledge

Bernie Tafoya
May 23, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Illinois Tollway

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State transportation officials are calling on motorists to be more conscious of a law that requires them to move over when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with its flashers on. 

Officials are encouraging motorists to take the Give Them Distance pledge, a promise to slow down, move over and change lanes, if possible when coming up on vehicles on the shoulder with their lights flashing.

Illinois Tollway

Illinois Tollway

Governor Rauner points out that, "more than 1,000 people were killed on Illinois roadways in each of the last two years. We must keep everyone safer in the state of Illinois."

David Morache works along the Illinois Tollway system just like his friend David Schwarz who was hit and killed on the side of the road in September of last year. 

Morache said that, until you find yourself on the side of the road with an emergency, you can’t understand what it’s like to have cars pass you at 70 plus miles per hour. For he and his fellow road workers, "this is an everyday experience" and he said there have been "lots of close calls."

Mostly, though, Morache said he and his co-workers just want to be able to get home safely at the end of their work days.

You can take the pledge by going to givethemdistance.com

Illinois Tollway’s Liz Gorman said the goal is to have one million motorists take the pledge.