ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will be in Rockford Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. to sign the “Scott’s Law” package of legislation aimed at protecting law enforcement, first responders, and road workers.
The legislation would increase criminal penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 for the first violation, for violations of the so-called “Move Over” law, which mandates that drivers move to the far lane when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road.
Violators could also face up to one year in prison they cause damage to another vehicle, and the possibility of a 14 year prison sentence if their actions result in a death.
Scott’s Law took effect in Illinois on January 1st, 2017, and was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while at the scene of an automobile crash.
Following the deaths of several Illinois law enforcement officers, including Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on March 28th, 2019, lawmakers worked to strengthen penalties for violators of the law.
The new legislation passed the House in May.