Scott's Law, 625 ILCS 5/11-907(c), requires a motorist to slow down and change lanes if possible for emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles and workers. The law is named after a fire fighter who lost his life while responding to an accident on one of the expressways in the Chicago area.
A person charged with this offense can receive a fine for up to $10,000. They must appear in court, have driving privileges suspended, and in cases of property damage, injury and death of another person, additional penalties can apply such as involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. If someone kills a person while operating a vehicle they can be charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide which could result in imprisonment from 3 to 14 years if convicted.
For information on work zone safety, visit the Work Zones website.