We are now four months into 2019, and serious issues have already occurred with police officers and squad cars in Illinois.
On March 28th, the state saw its fifteenth squad car of the year hit when a semi truck refused to move over. The state trooper, Brooke Jones-Story, passed away as a result of the incident.
This marks the second death of an Illinois state trooper this year, following Christopher Lambert’s death in January— also due to a vehicle failing to move over.
Increased Enforcement of Scott’s Law
This issue should be highlighted all over the country, especially since there are many laws in place to prevent this kind of accident from happening. In Illinois, state lawmakers have been highlighting Scott’s Law numerous times over the past week and state police have said they will increase enforcement of the law.
According to Scott’s Law, drivers must slow down and change lanes if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with their lights activated. If the driver is unable to change lanes, they must proceed with caution while passing the vehicles on the side of the road. Drivers can face penalties for not following the law, including a fine between $100 and $10,000 and potentially losing their driver’s license.
Reaction to these Incidents in Illinois
Illinois State Police have been doing everything they can to address the squad cars getting hit. For example, following Trooper Jones-Story’s death, overhead signs on the highway began spreading the message of Scott’s Law. This tweet showed photos of the two messages shared on the overhead signs.
The overhead signs tonight on the Tollway showed a quote from ISP Acting Director Kelly following the tragic death of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story today. #EnoughIsEnough #MoveOver #SlowDown #NoMoreExcuses #ThisHasToStop #DoTheRightThing #OurLivesDependOnIt pic.twitter.com/rzI1TVfoiV
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) March 29, 2019
Governor J.B. Pritzker also tweeted out a message in a three tweet thread regarding the recent incident involving state trooper Jones-Story.
Our state troopers do incredible work keeping the public safe, and it is devastating to the entire state that another has been killed on the side of a highway.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 28, 2019
These police officers, state troopers, and sheriffs do everything they can to keep us safe so we can go home and see our friends and family at the end of the day. We at least owe them that same courtesy on the roadways so they can do the same at the end of their shift.
If you see that an officer has pulled someone over, please move over and slow down so they can safely do their job and keep the person they pulled over out of harm’s way. Their friends and family will be thankful for that when they come home at the end of the day.
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