Scott's Law To Be Included In Life Or Death Illinois Campaign

Jim Gudas
August 14, 2019 - 11:14 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is expanding its "Life or Death Illinois" campaign to include Scott's Law, calling attention to the need to protect first responders, emergency personnel and frontline highway workers.

A new video that will air statewide comes after Governor Pritzker recently signed legislation strengthening the law with tougher penalties.

The video features footage of Kyle Deatherage, an Illinois State Police trooper struck and killed while making a traffic stop near Litchfield in 2012. Deatherage was survived by his wife and two young children. The video will air on TV, various online platforms, and social media.

"We are humbled to be able to put a real name and face to Scott's Law and the human toll that comes with all fatalities on our roads," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Sadly, these deaths are almost always preventable."

Scott's Law requires drivers to slow down and move over, if possible, when approaching any vehicle with flashing lights. It was named after Chicago firefighter Scott Gillen, who was struck and killed while assisting at a crash scene.

In the past year, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports two Illinois state troopers have been killed while performing traffic stops by violators of Scott's Law.

"The Illinois State Police is grateful to IDOT for including Scott's Law in the Life or Death Illinois campaign," said Acting ISP Director Brendan Kelly. "This campaign will honor the life of Trooper Deatherage and his family as well as the lives of countless other troopers, first responders and frontline highway workers by bringing a greater awareness to the sad consequences of violating Scott's Law."