MT. VERNON – Illinois State Police would like to remind you about Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” Law, after officials investigated a two-vehicle accident involving an ISP District 13 trooper in a construction zone on eastbound I-64 at milepost 72 near Mt. Vernon Thursday morning.
Officials say a trooper assigned to a Statewide Work Zone Safety Project was stationary on the right shoulder inside a fully marked squad car with the emergency lights activated, providing protection to an IDOT work crew, when a black 2015 Toyota Rav 4 traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 failed to yield to the stationary emergency vehicle, veered off the roadway onto the right shoulder, and side-swiped the driver’s side of the squad car.
The trooper sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released. The driver of the Toyota, 52-year-old Tracey L. Adams of Tulsa, OK, was not hurt. She was charged with a violation of Scott’s Law – Improper Passing of an Emergency Vehicle Causing Injury to Another.
ISP says a person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years.
So far this year, there have been 12 ISP squad cars struck in relation to Scott’s Law and 6 Troopers have sustained injuries from Scott’s Law-related crashes.
ISP says when approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and move over.
Additional information can be found at the following link: https://isp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=21430274bef64fc5a19d8dcc191ff3f8 .