12th Illinois State Police Squad Car hit By Drunk Driver in 2021
Warning, a rant is coming your way.
Why is the Illinois State Police (or any law enforcement) still having to remind drivers to not drink and drive and to obey Scott's Law. It's not that difficult to comprehend, especially drunk driving. There are ways to avoid both circumstances that will save lives in the process and they're both really easy.
If you're doing to drink do not drive. If you live in the Rockford area you can find an Uber or Lyft. Trust me, I drive for both and I know, unless it's 3 am, you're not going to wait long for a rideshare vehicle Not only are you being smart but you're also saving yourself fines and maybe even another human life. If you live in a town where rideshare isn't an option you can walk or simply not drink.
As for Scott's Law, the fact that this has to be a law is ridiculous. How selfish or oblivious to surroundings must someone be to not change lanes or at least slow way down when emergency vehicles are on the side of the road assisting with whatever the situation may be. Even ifs a car, truck, van, SUV, semi-truck, or whatever, if the flashers are on you should treat it the same as you would emergency vehicle. All drivers are well aware of the legality of hitting a first responder or construction worker on the road. It's safe to assume the same would apply if someone hit a driver who is outside of their vehicle changing a tire or something related. Why am I ranting about this? Because there is no excuse for driving drunk or violating Scott's Law, a.k.a. "move over law."
The Illinois State Police shared photos as the result a slew of laws being broken in Chicago.
The ISP Sergeant was stationary at the AIS inside of a fully marked squad car with the emergency lights activated. A Silver Honda, traveling on the ramp from Interstate 94 southbound to 75th Street, veered right off the roadway and the front end of the Honda struck the rear driver’s side of the squad car.
Thank God, nobody was seriously hurt. But, the driver of that Honda is in a world of trouble because of one bad decision, drinking and driving. That driver was charged with Aggravated Scott’s Law, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, and Driving without a License.
You can read the detail of the accident here.