In the wake of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage's death earlier this week, the agency wants to remind motorists of Scott’s Law. It is a law that increases the penalties for drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles or cause accidents or injury to public safety or service personnel at roadside emergency scenes. Deatherage was struck and killed by a semi-tractor trailer during a traffic stop on Interstate 55, north of Litchfield on Monday.
No charges have been filed in connection with his death. ISP Trooper Mike Link:
When approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights activated, you are urged to slow down and proceed with caution. Yield the right-of-way by changing into a lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. Be prepared to pull over to the right-hand side of the roadway and stop if directed to do so. Be watchful of the movement of emergency personnel and equipment. This legislation applies to all vehicles displaying flashing lights, including highway maintenance vehicles.