PLAINFIELD—Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law legislation that will enforce and improve Scott’s Law. The bill, SB2038, will help educate drivers on their responsibilities, which include slowing down and moving over one lane, if possible, when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with flashing lights.
State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) served as the chief sponsor of the legislation, which requires the Illinois Secretary of State to include a written question in the driver’s license examination on driver responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle. In addition, the bill creates the Move Over Task Force which will study violations of Scott’s Law and report findings back to the General Assembly by January 1, 2020.
Just this year three State Troopers have been killed in the line of duty with two of them being related to violations of Scott’s Law. Representative Batinick is hopeful that this legislation will encourage motorists to practice better road safety.
“To encourage drivers to pay attention to roadside vehicles and promote better road safety, we need to start at the beginning,” said Batinick. “That means educating drivers on the responsibility they have to slow down and move over. If we instill this early on in the driving experience, it will help make Illinois roads safer for everyone.”
The bill received unanimous approval in both the House and Senate when it was taken up during spring legislative session.