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Illinois trooper’s cruiser sideswiped during roadside CMV inspection

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An Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper’s vehicle was struck by a passenger vehicle while the trooper was performing an inspection on a truck along I-57 on Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on April 18 north of Marion.

An ISP trooper was stationary on southbound I-57 at mile marker 56 with emergency lights activated while finishing a roadside inspection on a semi truck.

The driver of a southbound Dodge Durango failed to move over and struck the police cruiser’s mirror and door while the trooper was inside the vehicle.

The trooper was not hurt.

The Durango driver, Lucas M. Williams, 37, was cited for Scott’s Law – Improper Passing of an Emergency Vehicle.

“So far this year, ISP had 10 Move Over Law-related crashes. In 2022, ISP had 23 Move Over Law related crashes where eight Troopers sustained injuries. ISP is reminding the public of the requirements of the Move Over Law, otherwise known as “Scott’s Law”. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down AND move over. A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years,” ISP said.

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