ASHKUM, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois State Police said a driver was ticketed for violating Scott’s Law on Saturday. This is the 16th violation this year.
State Troopers said they investigated a crash that happened at 5152 South Road in Kankakee County off of US Route 45 around 2:30 a.m. A State Trooper was sitting in his squad car, with emergency lights activated, as they were investigating a previous crash. The driver of the crashed car was standing in front of the Troopers squad car when a green Chevrolet Trail Blazer failed to yield to the squad car. In doing so, the driver hit the squad car.
Officials said the Trooper and driver of the original crash sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Austin M. Gray of Chebanse, was charged by officials with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured vehicle, and violating of Scott’s law – the improper passing of an emergency vehicle causing injury to another. For the first offense, an individual faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000. If the violation results in an injury to another, the driver’s license will be suspended for six months to two years.
Officials said that there have been 16 squad cars struck this year with seven Troopers sustaining injuries. Officials are reminding the public that when approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with emergency or hazard lights on, they should slow down and move over.