State Police To Crack Down On Violators Of 'Scott's Law'

Roger Plummer
May 14, 2019 - 8:28 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois State Police are cracking down on violators of "Scott's Law."  

The law requires drivers to exercise great caution when approaching any emergency vehicle stopped along a roadway.

State Police sent out a tweet Monday afternoon saying that troopers have issued 2,258 citations for "Scott's Law" violators between Jan. 1 and Sunday, May 12, compared to only 339 citations during the same time last year.

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ISP 's tweet reads, "This law is EXTREMELY important for the safety of ALL motorists.  #MoveOver #SlowDown and #ProceedWithCaution when you see any vehicle on the shoulder w emerg lights activated."

The law is named in honor of Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was killed by a drunk driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway in 2000. He was 37.

After his death, Gillen’s family pushed for the passage of Scott’s Law to help protect emergency responders on accident scenes.

Three Illinois state troopers have been killed while on the road in 2019, more than a dozen have been hit.