Gov. JB Pritzker this week signed legislation, backed by state Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, that will enforce and improve Scott’s Law.
The bill, S.B. 2038, will help educate drivers on their responsibilities, which include slowing down and moving over one lane, if possible, when approaching any stationary vehicle with flashing lights, according to a news release.
Batinick served as the chief sponsor of the bill, 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.
“To encourage drivers to pay attention to roadside vehicles and promote better road safety, we need to start at the beginning,” Batinick said. “That means educating drivers on the responsibility they have to slow down and move over.”
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 Jan. 1, 2020.
This year three Illinois State Troopers have been killed in the line of duty, with two of them being related to violations of Scott’s Law.
The bill received unanimous approval, according to the release.