Motorists Reminded: Slow Down, Move Over Near Stopped Troopers

Rob Hart
March 25, 2019 - 3:17 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Police are reminding motorists to follow the law, after more than a dozen state police vehicles were hit on Illinois highways in the first three months of the year.

Scott's Law has been in effect since January of 2017.  It requires drivers to slow down and move over one lane whenever they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its lights on.

The law is named after Scott Gillen, a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while responding to a crash on December 23, 2000.

One off-duty state trooper was killed while responding to an accident on a snowy I-294 on Jan. 12.

“It's not necessarily speed, it also could be driving conditions, it could be that they're driving under the influence of alcohol.  They could be going under the speed limit but they could be looking at their phone," Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly said of the reasons for the collisions.