Every year in the U.S., there are almost 16,000 collisions involving emergency vehicles. These collisions result in over 1,000 injuries per year. As of October 12 th - 53 police officers have died in the line of duty in motor vehicle related crashes.
In 2002 Scott's Law was passed in honor of Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire department, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting at a crash on a busy Chicago expressway.
The Illinois Vehicle Code requires drivers that are approaching a stopped emergency vehicle to proceed with caution, yield and change lanes away from the emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions or
If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe - proceed with due caution, slow down maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.
A violation is considered a business offense punishable by a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $10,000.
In addition to any other penalties driving privileges can be suspended for a period not less than 90-days and as long as two-years for violations involving injury or death.
Our goal is traffic safety for emergency responders and the driving public.
"The intent of this announcement is to heighten public awareness that will lead to safer roads for everyone as motorists exercise extra caution near emergency vehicles and constructions crews and to decrease the number of accidents and injuries that are reported by emergency and roadside workers annually,"
Please drive safely and remember it only takes a moment – please buckle-up: "Everyone, Every Trip, Every Time."
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For questions regarding this please email Sgt. Julie Golden.