PEORIA (HOI) — Illinois State Police have given out 8 times as many Scott’s Law citations so far this year then they did by this time last year.
Police say by this time last year they gave out 728 Scott’s Law citations. So far in 2019, they are at almost 6000.
ISP reports that 26 trooper squad cars have been hit in 2019. Three of those incidents resulted in the death of troopers Brooke Jones-Story, Christopher Lambert and Gerald Ellis.
“Its extremely scary when you’re on the side of the road and people are just buzzing by you so we’re just taking extra precaution. We’re really enforcing Scott’s Law and we’re backing other troopers up on the side of the road and making sure that they’re safe,” ISP District 8 Public Information Officer Trooper Haylie Polistina said.
“When I see another trooper on the side of the road I try to pull in behind them with my lights on so people are more than aware to pull over.”
The law requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes, if possible, for emergency vehicles, first responders and anyone on the side of the road with flashing hazard lights.
“If it’s safe to do so switch into the other lane,” Polistina said.
In the summer Gov. J.B. Pritzker raised the penalties for disobeying the law. For the first offense, drivers will receive a $250 ticket plus a $250 fine which goes up to a $750 ticker plus a $250 fine on the second offense.
Drivers could even face up to one year in prison under the new rules. So, to avoid this, troopers simply ask drivers to move over.
“It’s very important to do that one thing. Move over for those on the side of the road so we can make it home to our families,” Polistina said.