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IDOT to expand campaign across Illinois for Scott's Law

The Illinois Department of Transportation is expanding its Life or Death Illinois campaign to include Scott’s Law, calling attention to the need to protect first responders, emergency personnel and frontline highway workers.

A new video that will air statewide comes after Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed legislation strengthening the law while bringing together stakeholders to find solutions to prevent future tragedies on Illinois roads.

The video features footage of Kyle Deatherage, an Illinois State Police trooper struck and killed while making a traffic stop near Litchfield in 2012. The video will air on TV, various online platforms and social media.

Scott’s Law requires drivers to slow down and move over, if possible, when approaching any vehicle with flashing lights. It was named after Chicago firefighter Scott Gillen, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was assisting at a crash scene.

In the past year, three state troopers have been killed while performing traffic stops.

Life or Death Illinois is the first comprehensive IDOT approach to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, seat belt use, work zones and impaired and distracted driving.

This year’s campaign features stories of Illinois residents who died in traffic crashes, and is made possible through federal funds administered by IDOT.

For information on the campaign and to view the video, visit the IDOT campaign’s website at www.lifeordeathillinois.com.

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