CHICAGO — An Illinois State Police trooper was injured Saturday night after being hit by a police car while investigating an accident in Cook County.
A police officer was in a vehicle heading west on Interstate 290 near Higgins Road with emergency lights on when another driver collided with the rear of the vehicle, according to an ISP news release. .
The officer was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening, state police said.
The driver who hit the police car was a 27-year-old Des Plaines native who followed Scott’s Law – don’t yield to a stopped emergency vehicle, don’t slow down to avoid an accident, drive an uninsured car, He was arrested for using illegal means of transportation. The amount of alcohol by the driver, according to the release.
There have been four legal-related crashes so far this year, according to state police. Last year, he injured eight police officers in 23 crashes.
What is Scott’s Law in Illinois?
Illinois law change known as scott’s lawthe driver must slow down and move for the emergency vehicle.
Illinois State Police said to remind people about the law:
“When approaching an emergency vehicle or a vehicle with emergency or hazard lights on, drivers must slow down. Face a fine of $250 or more or $10,000 or more for the first offense If the offense causes injury to another person, the offender’s driver’s license is suspended for mandatory periods of six months to two years will be
Law is named after the Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Gillen.
He was beaten to death at the crash site in December 2000. he was 37 years old.
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