WASHINGTON, D.C. (WREX) — After a request from lawmakers, the U.S. Government announced they will review the effectiveness of the current Move Over laws.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) made the announcement on Monday.
A group of lawmakers, spearheaded by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17), sent a letter earlier this month asking the GAO to evaluate the laws effectiveness.
The letter was sent in light of persistent motor crashes that take the lives of first responders, including three Illinois State Police troopers: Troopers Gerald Ellis, Brooke Jones-Story and Christopher Lambert.
The Members of Congress asked GAO to review the effectiveness of current laws, the challenges states face in implementing these laws and how the federal government can help states educate the public to avoid the preventable tragedies.
The GAO says the will conduct a study in the coming months.