Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed a package of legislation to expand Scott’s Law in an effort to protect law enforcement, first responders, road workers and the everyday motorist.
Scott’s Law, sometimes known as the “Move Over” Law, requires drivers to slow down and move over safely when approaching any vehicle with hazard lights flashing.
The new law increases the minimum fine for a first-time Scott’s Law violation to $250 and to $750 for subsequent violations. All Scott’s Law violations will also result in a $250 assessment fee, which will be deposited into a statewide dedicated fund to produce driver education materials to ensure the next generation of drivers fully understands the importance of this life-saving law. To support these efforts, the Secretary of State will include written questions on Scott’s Law in the driver’s license test.
The new law also increases criminal penalties to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, if violation results in damage to another vehicle or a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to one to three years in prison, if violation results in an injury or death of another person. An aggravating factor will also be added to reckless homicide charges if Scott’s Law was violated.