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12th Illinois State Police Car struck this year; cited as Scott’s Law violation

Photo of an Illinois State Police Trooper's vehicle after it was hit on April 1, 2021 in Cook County.

CHICAGO (WREX) — Illinois State Police say another one of their Troopers squad cars was hit as a violation of Scott’s Law.

ISP says it happened Thursday night on Interstate 94 southbound at 75th Street in Cook County.

Authorities say the ISP Sergeant was parked on the side of the road in a fully marked squad car with its emergency lights on.

That’s when a silver Honda traveling on the ramp veered to the right and hit the ISP squad car.

The ISP Sergeant sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment; the Sergeant has since been released.

The driver of the Honda, Phillip Mckenzie, a 61-year-old man, of Chicago, was also transported to a local area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The female passenger of the Honda was not hurt, according to police.

Mckenzie was charged with Aggravated Scott’s Law, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence and Driving without a License.  

In 2021, there have been 12 ISP squad cars struck in relation to Scott’s Law and seven Troopers have sustained injuries from Scott’s Law-related crashes. 

The ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when it is safe to do so.

“I’m proud of the men and woman of our District and all ISP Troopers working throughout the state risking their lives to keep our roadways safe,” stated District Chicago Commander Captain Angelo Mollo. “These crashes are completely preventable, and I am asking the public to avoid putting the lives of others at risk by making responsible choices when behind the wheel; Always drive sober and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” stated District Chicago Commander, Captain Angelo Mollo. 

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. 

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