Legislation sponsored by State Senator Terri Bryant aimed toward helping to protect first responders on Illinois roads was signed into law on August 12.
Under Senate Bill 1913, those who fail to change lanes and slow down when approaching an emergency response vehicle on the road will face steeper penalties through an enhancement of Scott’s Law.
“Our first responders perform a critical duty protecting and serving those in their communities. They shouldn’t have to worry about an irresponsible, careless or distracted motorist while they’re carrying out their duties,” said Sen. Bryant. “This legislation will help strengthen Scott’s Law and reinforce the concept that motorists have a responsibility to slow down and move over. If they don’t, they will face consequences.”
At the discretion of a presiding judge, violators of Scott’s Law currently face a fine of between $250 and $10,000 for a first offense, and a fine of between $750 and $10,000 for a second office. Through Senate Bill 1913, in addition to paying a fine, violators may also have a community service requirement added to their ruling.
The bill received unanimous support in the Senate and House and was also supported by several other individuals and groups, including the Secretary of State, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, the Illinois Municipal League, and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.