Many people who are issued tickets for Scott’s Law violations are unfamiliar with the correct procedures to follow when encountering emergency vehicles. Our aggressive traffic ticket lawyers help minimize the potential consequences of a Scott’s Law conviction and protect our client’s driving privileges.
If you have been issued a violation of Scott’s Law or fail to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle, contact HIRSCH LAW GROUP immediately. Call us if you received a Scott’s Law violation or Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle ticket.
Scott’s Law, also known as the Move Over Law, is a law in Illinois that requires motorists to slow down or change lanes when they pass a stationary emergency vehicle with its lights flashing. Driving past a stopped emergency vehicle displaying flashing red, blue, or amber lights is illegal without changing lanes or reducing speed. Violating Scott’s Law can result in fines and other serious penalties.
At HIRSCH LAW GROUP, we understand the importance of following Scott’s Law and will work hard to help you avoid conviction. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible representation in their traffic violation cases and will go above and beyond to protect your driving privileges.
Our lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against Scott’s Law violations and other traffic offenses. We are familiar with Illinois law and will work diligently to ensure that you receive a fair and just outcome in your case. We aim to help you avoid fines, jail time, and other serious penalties associated with Scott’s Law violations.
Origin of Scott’s Law
In 2000, a Chicago fire department medic, Lieutenant Scott Gillen, was tragically killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway while responding to an accident. A speeding car tried to skip through traffic and struck Lieutenant Gillen while he was attending to motorists involved in the accident.
Since then, many other similar accidents have resulted in emergency responders’ deaths. This has prompted legislators, law enforcement, and judges to take a tough stance. Scotts Law was updated with enhanced penalties in 2019.
Fines from Scott’s Law Violations
- First offense: $250 – $10,000 fine + $250 goes to the Scott’s Law Fund + court costs
- Second offense: $750 – $10,000 + $250 goes to the Scott’s Law Find + court costs
Suspended License Under Scott’s Law
Any conviction is a Scott’s Law violation will be reported to the Sectary of State. If the incident that occurred resulted in property damage, death, or personal injury, the following penalties will apply:
- Property damage – suspended license for 90 days
- Personal injury – suspended license for 180 days to 2 years
- Death – suspended license for two years
Criminal Charges for Scott’s Law Violations
Scott’s Law is generally considered a moving violation or traffic offense. If an accident occurs involving personal injury, property damage, or a death occurs as the result of a Scott’s Law violation, then you could be facing criminal charges as follows:
- Class A misdemeanor – punishable by up to 1 year in jail if there is damage to a vehicle
- Class 4 felony – punishable by 1 – 3 years in prison if a personal injury or death occurred
HIRSCH LAW GROUP: Experienced Scott’s Law Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Scott’s Law requires motorists to slow down and change lanes when passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle. As Scott’s Law Illinois defines, emergency vehicles display flashing emergency lights, including police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, and construction vehicles.
Violation of Scott’s Law can have serious consequences. If you received a ticket for violating Scott’s Law, you need an experienced attorney. HIRSCH LAW GROUP is here to help.
Our attorneys have years of experience and understand the Illinois legal system. We are dedicated to giving our clients the best legal advice and protecting their rights. Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that you get a fair outcome in your case.
We understand the importance of following Scott’s Law and will work hard to help you avoid conviction. We will go above and beyond to protect your driving privileges and ensure you don’t receive unfair fines or penalties.
If you need help with a Scott’s Law violation, contact HIRSCH LAW GROUP today for experienced legal representation. We are here to help.