Statewide Alert: Illinois On Track for 60% Increase in Scott’s Law-Related Crashes in 2024

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LITCHFIELD, IL – An April 20 incident on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, where a motorist struck an Illinois State Police (ISP) squad car, is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by emergency responders. This collision is part of a troubling trend that could see Scott’s Law-related crashes in Illinois surge by nearly 60% this year.

The crash occurred as the trooper managed a previous accident with emergency lights activated. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the driver, 76-year-old Fred J. Stewart of Springfield, faced citations for failing to yield and not reducing speed. As of now, Illinois has already witnessed 13 such incidents in 2024, a significant pace that, if continued, will surpass the 21 incidents recorded in 2023.

Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to move over and slow down for stationary emergency vehicles, is being flouted more frequently, placing lives at risk daily. The law stipulates severe penalties for violations, including fines up to $10,000 and potential driver’s license suspensions for injuries caused.

This growing problem highlights a critical need for enhanced public awareness and stricter adherence to traffic laws designed to protect those who safeguard our roads. Illinois State Police continue to advocate for compliance, aiming to curb this dangerous trend as they enforce the law statewide.

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