‘Scott’s Law’ bill passes Illinois House, would create tougher penalties for violators

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois became one step closer to imposing stricter penalties on Scott’s Law violators on Thursday, as a new bill passed in the House of Representatives.

The legislation would increase criminal penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 for the first violation, for violations of the so-called “Move Over” law, which mandates that drivers move to the far lane when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Violators could also face up to one year in prison they cause damage to another vehicle, and the possibility of a 14 year prison sentence if their actions result in a death.

The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk for approval.

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