IDOT ad features officer struck, killed by Scott's Law violator

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A powerful advertisement by the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds drivers of the consequences when Scott's law isn't followed.

The video​ features footage of Kyle Deatherage, an Illinois State Police trooper struck and killed while making a traffic stop near Litchfield, Illinois in 2012.

Deatherage, who is survived by his wife and two young children, was playing with his daughter in the video.

“The Illinois State Police is grateful to IDOT for including Scott's Law in the Life or Death Illinois campaign,” says 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.”

"Life or Death Illinois" is the first comprehensive approach by IDOT to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with impaired and distracted driving. The campaign features stories of Illinois residents who died in traffic crashes.

Scott's Law, also known as the "Move Over" Law, applies to drivers approaching any police or other emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway.

New legislation passed last month that strengthens penalties for Scott's Law violators.