Harsher penalties for those who violate Scott's Law are one step closer to reality in Illinois. WGLT's Sarah Beckman has more.
Under Scott's Law, motorists are required to change lanes or yield to emergency vehicles or else face a fine of up to $10,000. New legislation is moving to the Illinois House that would make the penalty a Class C misdemeanor. State Senator Jason Barickman sponsored the measure and says the harsher penalty is meant for deterrence.
"People need to realize that we in the state legislature think that it is extremely important that they pay attention to this very significant law. As with other laws, the higher the penalty the more deterrence results from it often times."
Barickman says he's hopeful the House will approve the new amendments and expects Governor Pat Quinn to sign them into effect by the beginning of June.
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