CHICAGO — In simply the primary month and a half of 2021, 10 Illinois State Police squad vehicles have been struck by drivers violating Scott’s Law, laws that requires drivers to decelerate or transfer over for emergency automobiles on the facet of the highway.
“They are being hurt way too often. Their lives are being put at risk,” Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly mentioned.
A trooper is at the moment hospitalized in critical situation after a automobile rear-ended his automobile close to a crash web site on I-55 in Joliet on Monday.
On Tuesday, one other trooper was injured after getting rear-ended on I-80. Police mentioned the drivers violated Scott’s Law in each instances.
15 squad vehicles had been struck by drivers violating Scott’s Law in all of 2020, a determine possible attributed to diminished journey due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, 27 squad vehicles had been hit and two troopers had been killed.
“There are some places throughout the state where I’ve been to the hospitals more times to check on our troopers than I’ve been to the district offices or other facilities. That’s not the way it’s supposed to be,” Kelly mentioned.
Brendan Kelly has chaired the ‘Move Over Task Force’, which tells Governor JB Pritzker on this report that Scott’s Law shouldn’t be powerful sufficient.
“We’d like to see the law to be changed so it’s not just move over or slow down, but you have to do both,” Kelly mentioned.
Kelly mentioned normally, drivers are distracted and believes that needs to be an aggravated consider sentencing in instances the place this legislation is damaged.
“I don’t want to give another eulogy for another trooper. That’s why I’m asking people to do the right thing,” Kelly mentioned.
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