Belvidere Man Gets DUI & Scott’s Law Violation After Hitting Illinois State Trooper
An early weekend accident involving a Belvidere resident and an Illinois State Trooper is a very important reminder of two different life-saving laws. Obviously, all laws need to be obeyed but this morning's accident is the fifth Scott's Law related cash in 2021 and it's only mid-February.
Early Saturday (Feb. 13, 2021), ISP shared details of an accident on I-39 near Baxter Road involved a Belvidere man who crashed into a State Trooper's squad vehicle. This accident led to a Driving Under the Influence charge and an additional charge for violating Scott's Law, a.k.a. Move Over Law. The accident just after 6 a.m. after an Illinois State Trooper was assisting a motorist in changing a tire in inclement weather when, according to Illinois State Police, a Jeep "crashed into the rear of the Trooper’s squad car." The trooper's vehicle was parked directly behind the vehicle being assisted with its emergency lights were on. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident.
Aaron D. Honert a 45-year-old male of Belvidere, IL, was transported to the Winnebago County Jail and charged with; a violation of Scott’s Law, Driving too Fast for Conditions, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 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.
As a reminder, Scott's Law is listed as "when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing warning lights, Illinois motorists must: slow down, drive with caution, and move over to another lane. If changing lanes is unsafe you are required to reduce speed, according to cyberdriveillinois.com.
That second law to remember? Do not ever drink and drive.
Read Illinois State Police's complete report here.