In many states, including Illinois, drivers must move over or slow down if emergency vehicles are on the shoulder. It is also courteous to do the same for anyone stopped on the side of the road, in order to keep Illinois roadways safe. Unfortunately, a recent news story may be an example of some drivers' disregard for those on the side of the road and the effects of negligent behavior.
In Lisle, Illinois, a police deputy was injured in an accident that was caused by an individual who was arrested for driving while under the influence. The DuPage County sheriff's deputy was not inside his or her vehicle at the time of the automobile accident, but was still hurt because of the crash.
According to authorities, the driver of a sport utility vehicle was on I-88, also known as the Reagan Memorial Tollway, just east of Route 53 when the accident occurred just before 5 a.m. on Sunday. The driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. The vehicle then crashed into the side of the deputy's squad car, which was parked on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes.
At the time, the officer was changing a tire on the passenger side of the squad car. During the collision, the deputy received a broken ankle. Both the squad car and the SUV received heavy damage in the crash.
After the accident, the person behind the wheel of the SUV was arrested for drinking and driving. The injured deputy was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital so that the broken ankle could be treated.
Source: Daily Herald, "Driver charged with DUI after crash with squad car on I-88," Paul Biasco, Dec. 4, 2011