RIO — In the first three months of 2019, 16 Illinois State Police troopers have been hit along Illinois highways, with three of them dying from their injuries.

Many of these collisions wouldn’t have occurred if the offending drivers had observed Scott’s Law, the rule that mandates that when approaching police or other emergency vehicles stopped along the roadway, motorists must reduce their speed, proceed with caution and, if possible, change lanes.

Twelve-year-old Lucy Kuelper of Rio is trying to remind motorists of the importance of the law. At a time when signs on Illinois highways read “Enough is enough,” Kuelper has her own slogan: #MoveOver.

The Move Over Project, a Facebook page and viral social media project Kuelper started on Friday, March 29, has quickly grown into something of a sensation. Kuelper, the daughter of state Trooper John Kuelper, has seen her page balloon to more than 17,000 “likes” by seeking to raise awareness and adherence of Move Over Laws, or Scott’s Law, as it is called in Illinois.

This growth comes after a week that has underlined the importance of these laws. State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was fatally struck while conducting a traffic stop Thursday, March 28, inspiring Lucy Kuelper’s initial post to the page. The day after the page went up, Trooper Gerald Ellis was hit in a collision with a wrong-way driver.

“Since the recent tragedies, it’s important that no one else gets hurt,” Kuelper said.

The way the project works is simple, and it began with Kuelper’s first post on the page: a picture where she holds a sign that says “move over ... for my DAD.” The page has gone on to solicit submissions from people across the state and even the country.

Many pictures are of children, spouses or even pets, and say “Move over” for people in their family, whether they’re firefighters, cops or even tow truck drivers. The goal is to put a human face to the law, and remind the public that the victims of these road casualties have lives and families of their own.

For Kuelper, the sudden popularity of the page has meant flurries of press interviews with everyone from local news organizations to the Chicago Tribune and NBC Chicago. On the Facebook page, some fans ask how long it’ll be before she shows up on “Good Morning America.”

On April 1, Kuelper was named “Volunteer of the Week” by Serve Illinois, the state’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

While Kuelper remains the face of her movement, her family has helped to run the page since its explosion in popularity.

While the page initially focused on Illinois, it receives posts from across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been 14 trooper deaths so far this year nationwide, compared to only nine in all of 2017. The issue may be coming to a head in Illinois, but it continues to gather attention across the country.

Kuelper hopes to keep the movement going, even if the attention associated with it has kept her very busy.

“I just hope it continues to grow and everyone listens to the message I’m trying to bring,” she said.