CHICAGO – Distracted drivers who fail to move over or slow down when passing a police or emergency vehicle on the side of the road will face harsher penalties thanks to a new law that was supported by state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago.
“Scott’s Law already required drivers to move over and slow down when passing emergency vehicles with their lights activated, but with the rise of collisions involving distracted drivers and emergency vehicles it was clear that more needed to be done,” said Hurley. “Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and puts the safety of the driver, their passengers and all other motorists on the roadways at great risk. No text or post is more important than a human life.”
Collisions between motorists and police rose significantly in 2019. The Hurley-backed Senate Bill 1862 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. Hurley’s measure was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, strengthening Scott’s Law by enhancing penalties for persons who neglect to yield or move over for State Police when traveling on Illinois highways.
“The grief these families have felt since losing a loved one in the line of duty is unfathomable,” continued Hurley. “I took action because these tragedies are completely preventable if drivers drive safely and free of distraction. This law will crack down on dangerous drivers and help protect the lives of first responders working to keep us safe.”
For more information, reach out to Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.