ILLINOIS- Late last night Illinois State Police reported a trooper was hit by a passing truck. The trooper was working to slow down traffic at the time of the accident. Sadly this isn’t the first news of this occurring in the state of Illinois this year.
January fourth this year there have been fourteen squad car crashes with their emergency lights activated. This number is nearly doubled compared to last year's total of eight incidents.
The one crash many people remember was back on January twelfth. That's where trooper Christopher Lambert was killed working a three-vehicle crash.
The Illinois State Troopers like Sergeant Delila Garcia is reminding everyone of "Scott's Law" also known as the move over law. If you approach an emergency vehicle stopped along the road you must reduce speed and change lanes if possible.
Garcia says troopers will be strictly enforcing the law to get this life-saving message across.
"Thus far we have issued about 500 citations for this offense compared to last year which was 181. So I would say that we are trying to get the word out and getting people to slow down and move over," said Garcia.
The last very bad year in Illinois was 2015. That year there were 27 reported incidents of troopers being hit while pulled over on the side of the road.