Do You Know About Scott's Law?

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

If you're planning to be on the road this holiday season, there's a relatively unknown law you should know about.

It's called Scott's Law and it caught one local boy in the wrong lane at the wrong time.

Scott's Law was created to protect emergency workers who risk their lives everyday. The law requires that when motorists pass a stationary emergency vehicle, pulled over with its lights on, the motorist must slow down and move out of the lane closest to the vehicle.

The law has been on the books for about a year. It was created after Chicago Firefighter Lieutenant Scott Gillen was struck and killed by a car after responding to an accident.

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Siegel didn't realize that it was illegal to pass a police car with its lights on in the very next lane. He was surprised when he was pulled over a few moments later and even more surprised when his he learned his license was suspended.

Aaron’s aunt has been playing taxi driver since the incident. She says she thinks this law is absolutely necessary, but she wants to know why no one she's talked to has ever heard of it.

Aaron and his aunt asked a judge this past week to review the case again. His suspension has been lifted until his next court date on Jan. 3, but it'll take a few weeks for his license to be reinstated.


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