ILLINOIS (WCIA) — At least one Republican lawmaker wants to increase the penalties for violators of Scott’s Law.
Representative John Cabello of Machesney Park suggested the penalty be bumped up to a class 4 felony and for first time offenders. A class 4 felony warrants a one-to-three year prison sentence.
It is a drastic increase from the business offense violators are currently charged with for breaking Scott’s Law.
The recent collisions with police vehicles hit close to home for Cabello, he served two decades as an officer. He said after the recent tragedies, now is the time to take major action.
Lawmakers were working on the bill before the recent accidents, but Cabello said given the current climate around the state, he believes this bill will gain enough traction to pass this session.
Cabello said he is willing to work with Democrats, Senators and even the governor to make sure the bill becomes law.