Illinois State Police have taken to the enforcing Scott’s Law much more this year — more than five times more than the last year.
Statewide, only 881 citations were issued by Illinois State Police last year.
But this year as of Tuesday, July 9, there were 4,885 citations issues.
Seat-belt usage has become second nature for motorists, said a local state police captain.
“We don’t want your money. We just want the road safe,” said Sgt. Christopher Watson at the Illinois State Police Public Information Office.
Scott’s Law requires motorists to either move over and slow down when approaching any stopped vehicle that displays flashing emergency lights.
At least 16 state police squad cars have been struck and two troopers killed since Jan. 1 in crashes involving alleged violations of Scott’s Law, according to The Associated Press.
The number of citations has increased because officers are enforcing it more, Watson said.
These citations occurred during different instances, such as driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and more, Watson explained.
Police would rather talk about Scott’s Law through a regular conversation rather than on the side of the road when giving someone a ticket, Watson said.
But they’re trying to keep everyone safe — including regular pedestrians who are on the side of a highway changing a tire.