Uptick in Scott’s Law crashes cause concerns

With crash totals on the rise, Senate Republicans are urging drivers to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.

Scott’s Law, known as the state’s Move Over Law, is designed to protect law enforcement and emergency responders who are stopped along the side of roadways. However, Illinois State Police are warning that violations against this safety law are increasing at an alarming rate.

According to the Illinois State Police, Scott’s Law crashes are significantly up from this time last year, with 12 crashes reported so far in 2021. At this time last year, two crashes had been reported.

To address the uptick in crash occurrences, new legislation has been filed in the Senate to increase the penalty for Scott’s Law violators. Senate Bill 1913, which was unanimously passed out of the Senate Criminal Law Committee on March 24, would give judges the authority to mandate community service hours to violators of the Move Over Law.

Senate Republicans are reminding drivers that Scott’s Law is in place to keep both law enforcement and Illinois drivers safe.

Dale Fowler

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