Lawmakers are looking to boost the fines for people who don't move over for emergency vehicles on the highway. Anyone driving for a business could be forced to dish out up to ten-thousand dollars for failing to yield the right-of-way, plus they could be charged with a misdemeanor and have their license suspended.
Senator Jason Barickman says the idea is to ensure the workers are safe on the roads. At least five first responders have been killed in the line of duty over the last couple of years, including a police officer in Pontiac, a firefighter in Hudson, and a state trooper near Litchfield.
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