Scott’s Law violators face stiff penalties

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Sixteen troopers were hit by drivers this year; three ended with the deaths of the officers.

Now, the governor and lawmakers are making sure people who fail to move over are faced with serious repercussions.

Senators and representatives from both parties are sponsoring a bill to increase fines and raise awareness.

Lawmakers said, under this bill, the minimum fine for violating Scott’s Law would increase from $100 to $250 for first-time violators. A $750 fine would be imposed for subsequent violations. A $250 assessment fee will be added to every violation.

The money would go to a Scott’s Law fund to educate the public about the consequences of not moving over.

“So far this year, Illinois State Police troopers have written over 2,000 citations for move over violations. This is more than six times the amount of citations written at this time last year. More than twice the number of citations written all of 2018. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of violating this law,” said State Police Director Brendan Kelly.

In addition to increasing awareness, law enforcement and lawmakers said they also want the Secretary of State to add a Scott’s Law question to the driver’s test.

The Senators and Representatives also created a Scott’s Law Task Force. They believe working as a bipartisan unit will earn them enough support to move the bill out of the House.

Fine increases are not the only way lawmakers plan to hold people accountable. If you fail to move over and damage a vehicle, you could face up to a year in prison. If the violation results in someone getting hurt or dying, you could face up to three years in prison.

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