Illinois State Police and WREX-TV in Rockford has produced a 30-second Public Safety Announcement concerning Scott’s Law. Scott’s Law requires drivers to move over when there are workers or law enforcement on the shoulder of the road. In the first four months of 2019, three ISP troopers have died because of drivers not slowing down or moving over.
At least one Republican lawmaker is suggesting stiffer penalties for violators of Scott’s Law. Representative John Cabello is suggesting the penalty be bumped up to a class four felony for first time offenders. Sentencing guidelines for that level of felony warrant one-to-three years in prison. The move comes after recent collisions with law enforcement vehicles and officers, including the crash that killed ISP Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.