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Scott’s Law Toughens Penalties for Reckless Driving Near Emergency Vehicles

Springfield, IL – Governor George Ryan has signed into law House Bill 180, also know as Scott’s Law in memory of Chicago Firefighter Lt. Scott Gillen who was killed while assisting at an accident scene on the Chicago Expressway last December.

The bill raises penalties for drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles or who cause accidents or injury to personnel at emergency scenes. Offenders could be fined up to $10,000, and their license could be suspended for up to two years if the violation results in the death of another person.

Between January 1, 1998, and December 1, 2000, 88 Illinois State Police vehicles were either rear-ended or sideswiped by drivers, and 50 officers were injured while their emergency vehicles were parked with emergency lights flashing.