Brady Looks To Increase Scott's Law Penalties

Published 03/27 2014 06:44PM

Updated 03/27 2014 06:54PM

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois congressman wants to raise the penalty for those who fail to move over for emergency crews and cause injuries on the roadways. That law is commonly referred to as Scott’s Law.

All drivers are required to reduce their speed, change lanes if possible and proceed with caution when approaching any emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway.

Right now, the penalty for not moving over is a fine between $100-$10,000. If an accident happens that ends in death or great bodily harm, there is no additional punishment under Scott's Law.

State Representative Dan Brady wants to see that change.

"This would be a penalty enhancement and would be right in the section of the law, which would really be a better tool and resource for state's attorneys if they have this type of tragic event,” said Brady.

Brady says if the proposal passes, the new penalty could be a class four felony a loss of license for two years in the case of great bodily harm or death.

Brady adds the bill could potentially pass through the House next week and then would move on to the Senate.

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