Gov. Pritzker signs Scott's Law legislation in Rockford
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker paid a visit to Rockford on Tuesday and signed a packet of legislation for further enforcement of Scott's Law.
Scott's Law, also known as the "Move Over" Law, applies to drivers approaching any police or other emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway.
The newly-signed legislation, which includes SB 1862 and SB 2038, aims at protecting law enforcement, first responders, and road workers. It would increase criminal penalties for violations, including fines of up to $10,000 for the first violation.
With the new legislation, drivers who violate Scott's Law could also face up to one year in prison they damage another vehicle and multiple years in prison if their actions result in a death.
Additionally, the legislation would create a "Move Over" task force to study the issue of Scott’s Law violations and require the Secretary of State to include a written question related to Scott’s Law on the driver’s license exam.
The new legislation comes after two Illinois State Police Troopers have died this year as a result of a Scott’s Law violation. Brooke Jones-Story, who was hit by a semi-truck while inspecting a vehicle on Route 20 back in March, was recognized at the press conference.
Under Scott's Law, when approaching an officer's vehicle with flashing lights, drivers are ordered to change lanes (if possible), reduce speed and proceed with caution.
You can watch the press conference with Gov. Pritzker here: