CHICAGO – A law passed by state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, to increase penalties on drivers who violate Scott’s Law was recently signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.
“First responders make incredible sacrifices to keep our communities and roadways safe,” said Hurley. “Scott’s Law was put into place to help keep police and other first responders safe while they respond to emergency situations. Drivers who do not abide by the law put both themselves and police in danger, so they must be held accountable.”
Hurley passed House Bill 3656 to increase penalties for drivers who violate Scott’s Law while using a handheld cell phone. Hurley’s measure also creates the Move Over Early Warning Task Force, which will study how to use 21st century technology to help drivers safely navigate emergency zones on the roads. Hurley’s bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, was signed into law by the governor on Aug. 12.
“I am proud to have had a part in passing this commonsense legislation that will keep our roads and highways safer both for drivers and our first responders,” continued Hurley. “When you see a first responder on the road with their emergency lights activated, just slow down and move over.”
For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.