In Illinois, there is a boat version of Scott's Law.

What Is Scott's Law

According to cyberdriveillinois.com,

"Scott’s Law was named in honor of Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting at a crash on a Chicago Expressway."

What Is Required

Passing First Responder vehicle when pulled over on the side of the road with its lights flashing, a driver needs to...

  • Slow down
  • Use caution
  • Move over
  • If moving over is not possible, then yield

Through construction area...

  • Slow down
  • Get off phone
  • Move over
  • If moving over is not possible, then yield

I am still so surprised how many people do not follow this simple law. it should not be an issue in our state anymore.

There are huge penalties if you are caught disobeying this law.

Did You Know

Since we just got through Memorial Day weekend and summer activities are starting to kick in, I have seen a lot of information about boater safety as they begin to hit the water.

I did not know this little tidbit.

According to mystateline.com,

"There’s a Scott’s Law for the river or any body of water."

What Is The Boat Version Of Scott's Law

According to www2.illinois.gov,

"You must yield or slow to "slow, no-wake speed" when being approached by or passing an emergency vessel using visual signals."

Again you could face stiff penalties for failing to comply.

If you are planning on cruising the waterways this summer, please be careful out there.

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