“Previous state law already required motorists to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles stopped with their lights activated, but it was clear that more needed to be done as distracted motorists continued causing dangerous accidents putting the lives of our first responders in danger,” said Reitz. “It is up to anyone behind the wheel to pay attention and drive without distraction as our police and other first responders work to keep us safe.”
Collisions between motorists and police rose significantly in 2019. The Reitz-backed legislation came in response to the 2019 deaths of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, Trooper Christopher Lambert, and Trooper Gerald Ellis of the Illinois State Police, who were fatally hit while on duty. Reitz supported Senate Bill 1862 to strengthen Scott’s Law by enhancing penalties for persons who neglect to yield or move over for State Police when traveling on Illinois highways.
“This law will help our police, firemen and other first responders make it home safely after their shift,” continued Reitz. “By prioritizing the safety of first responders and cracking down on distracted drivers that break the law we can help prevent these tragedies from reoccurring in the future.”
For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or RepNReitz@gmail.com.