More than a thousand Illinois State Troopers say new prisoner barriers in patrol cars jeopardize their safety in case of an accident.
Illinois State Police is putting plexiglass barriers in 500 new patrol cars including some at the Pecatonica district office. They say the dividers improve officer safety and work well in other states but members of Illinois's second largest trooper union say the barriers increase the risk of head and neck injuries by preventing the driver's seat from moving backwards during an accident.
They want an option to drive with or without the barriers. The group filed a complaint with the the State Police headquarters. It stems from the Ford Motor Company issuing a statement raising concerns with prisoner barriers.