Butler suggests lowering fine for Scott’s Law

Illinois Capitol News
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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A law meant to keep emergency workers safe on the road while helping others is getting more attention.

A bill at the Capitol would decrease the penalties for people who don’t move over. Right now, the maximum fine for violating Scott’s Law is $10,000.

Representative Tim Butler would like to see it dropped to $75. State police originally backed the idea last session, but now the new ISP director doesn’t see how it could work.

Butler’s bill would not lower penalties for drivers who hurt an officer while violating the law. The idea is, if the penalties are not as big, then police would be more likely to issue tickets.

Butler’s bill would make violating Scott’s Law a petty offense meaning there would be no more court date set for violators either.

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