Scott's Law: Officials Trying to Make...

Scott's Law: Officials Trying to Make Roadways a Safer Place for All

There are 149 comments on the Southern Illinoisan story from Sep 2, 2007, titled Scott's Law: Officials Trying to Make Roadways a Safer Place for All. In it, Southern Illinoisan reports that:

“I know I would have been hurt much worse or killed if I was not wearing my seatbelt.”

Illinois State Police Trooper Lanny Finn's life changed on Dec. 5, 2006. The District 8 trooper was assisting a tow truck on Interstate 474. via Southern Illinoisan

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clueless

Gillespie, IL

#123 Jul 8, 2008
i was driving in Springfield Il exiting to Veterans PKW off of the interstate. If you kno the area it is VERY busy and there is a stop light with 2 right turn lanes and one left one. Im on my way to a job orientation and as i enter the exit ramp im slowing to about 40 already, its not very curvy or sharp or anything. there is a state trooper sitting on the side of the exit with his lights on and becuase its broad daylight out and clear as DAY i can see ther is no other car that is pulled over> thinking the trooper is simply about to leave from letting someone that has jus got a ticket go i jus continue in the right turn lane and reduce my speed to about 30-35 with my signal to turn right on since i AM in a turn lane as well...BUT IF THERE WAS A TROOPER THAT HAD SOMEONE PULLED OVER I WOULD HAVE USED MY SIGNAL AND GOT OVER FOR THE FEAR OF SOMEONE OPENING THEIR DOOR AND GETTING OUT OR INCASE THERE WAS AN OFFICER OR CITIZEN IN THE STREET...but he gave me a notice to appear with the words scotts law posted on it...something i have never heard of in my life. so at work and home and when i spoke with friends i asked them what it meant and NONE of them knew. Personally i dnt think that its right for an officer to jus park somewhere thats always busy and turn their lights on just to use as a reason to pull someone over. ITs a busy area and there could have been a wreck if i tried to get over in tha small area that it is with cars entering and exit right behind me. I asked prolly 10 people and not one knew what it was...that tells you that 0 in 10 people knew about the law. maybe i should do a poll and ask 100 people about it and tally how many peopld out of 10 kno about that law.
Dave

Round Lake, IL

#124 Aug 15, 2008
I recently got pulled over by the Illinois state trooper July 2, 2008 for violating Scott's Law. Essentially, I am an excellent driver & usually obey all laws, including traffic laws, don't speed, avoid parking tickets, stop for emergency vehicles when they go down the street, police squad cars, ambulances., fire engines, slow down in construction zones, but I happened to be distracted by other people in the car & drove by a few squad cars that were sitting on the shoulder of I-55 just waiting for someone like me to come along, someone who is "innocent" & law abiding & easy to catch, apparently.

Anyway, I went to court in Bloomington (I live In Glendale Heights & had almost a 300 mile round trip including the distance from the hotel where i stayed the night before & the courthouse. I pleaded guilty, the judge put me on supervision for 6 months & I enrolled in traffic school. I should receive word from the traffic school as to when I should report for class. Hopefully, after I complete the traffic school & commit no violations within 6 months after the recent court date (Aug. 13, 2008), the violation will not be reported to the Secretary Of State & I will maintain a clean driving record & the insurance rates won't go up, but we'll see. Anyway, there still will be some record for the police stating that I violated Scott's Law.

Dave
j miller

Crown Point, IN

#125 Sep 3, 2008
My wife and I were pulled over on Friday August 29th coming out of a construction zone by a trooper who had his emergency lights activated. The trooper did not have anyone pulled over nor was there an emergency, his sole purpose for having his lights activated and pulled over was to write a citation for "Scotts Law". This is in my opinion a poor example of an emergency situation, there was no stop in effect nor an actual emergency, this was a situation where it was a holiday weekend and the state was given grant money to pay for overtime to put more troopers on the road whose sole purpose is to write citations and make money for the state.I would also like to add that we were traveling roughly 45 miles an hour when we passed this "emergency vehicle" not what I would consider an unsafe speed even being in the right lane. I see numerous citizen complaints coming regarding the enforcement of this law, I support Scotts Law for it's intended purpose but I strongly disagree with the approach that the ISP uses to enforce this law, I can see down the road this law being modified due to the tactics being used by the Illinois State Police to enforce this Law.I also work in law enforcement and plan to plead not guilty.
BLK95TA

Chicago, IL

#126 Sep 5, 2008
I think Jake Blues said it best
"I hate Illinois Nazis!"
(by that i am of course referring to the ISP)
this does seem like a money making scam more than anything else
Stan

Pekin, IL

#127 Sep 6, 2008
BLK95TA wrote:
I think Jake Blues said it best
"I hate Illinois Nazis!"
(by that i am of course referring to the ISP)
this does seem like a money making scam more than anything else
You're right on target! Nothing more than a Gestapo run money laundering scheme. After all, we do have to make sure our Government officials have plenty of money to furnish their mcmansions with the very best!
Annoyed

Bourbonnais, IL

#128 Sep 29, 2008
Tig wrote:
If you can not switch lanes, you are supposed to drop your speed to 40 mph in a 55 zone BEFORE you reach the squad car on the shoulder! Common sense people. How many times have you been on the shoulder for some reason and seen people just fly by in the right lane at normal speed and think to yourself "I wish people would move over or slow down because I don't want to get hit while I'm here." Remember that there are idiots out there who rubberneck the instant they see flashing lights on a shoulder and don't pay attention to traffic. You can manuver at 40 mph a hell of alot better than at 55 or 65. If you see a vehicle OR person on the shoulder (flashing lights or not), get your ass over to the left lane or slow to 40 mph BEFORE you ever reach what is on the shoulder. Use your dang heads. What would happen if someone thats on the shoulder loses their balance and falls into the lane you're in? You just killed someone because you were too lazy to slow down enough or get over. "Well I slowed to 50." Not good enough moron. You want to be safe? Slow your ass to 40 or less and you won't get in trouble. If there is a slot as big as your vehicle and you didn't move over into that slot, it's your own fault. Getting over to the left isn't something you do last minute... part of driving is LOOKING AHEAD and I don't mean 15 foot infront of you. Looking well ahead of you (like you are supposed to do) will give you time to get your ass moved over instead of getting boxed in and look like an idiot. To those of you who have gotten pulled over, it's your own damn fault and I'm glad you got the ticket or warning. I bet most of you who got pulled over for this are the people who don't move over as you pass someone on a bicycle riding near the white line either! You got what you deserve!
Why is it that retarded people get to post to these forums? This law seems to be applied abusively, and like many traffic/parking laws, are essentially a regressive tax. Most people on this forum clearly feel wronged by this type of ticket, including me. You do not hear the same level of vitriol directed toward speeding tickets, because they are clearly spelled out, unlike this one.
Kirk Round Lake IL

Fox Lake, IL

#129 Oct 6, 2008
I just got a ticket for this yesterday. I was driving North on I-55 and I noticed a police car in front of me in the left lane. Like everyone else I glanced at my speedometer and I wasn't speeding so I breathed a sigh of relief. When I looked up there was a cop on the right shoulder with someone pulled over. I looked over to my left and the policeman did not leave me enough room, I felt and so did my friend, that I would have had to slam on the brakes, and be right on his bumper. I assumed this would look to suspicious and I would appear to have been speeding. So I remained in my lane and the car in front of me pulled me over and informed me of a law that I had broken and never even heard of. I now wish I was speeding, I have to drive from North of Chicago to Edwardsville,(just west of St Louis 5.5 hours)and I am reading that it is a minimum 90 day license suspension! I do not claim that this is not a useful law, but is it really necessary to be so severe when someone is driving down the road under the speed limit? I hope that if I am ever to get a flat that the penalty will be the same fro anyone driving in that right lane? Or is it only the police that deserve protection?
kid

Sterling, IL

#130 Oct 19, 2008
we just got pulled over last night for this, and we are a group of teenagers. one of us is the cousin of Scott Gillen, who was the reason for scotts law. we believed the law to be, if the driver was out of the car with emergency lights on and or had a car infront of him. Is this anywhere in the law? because the trooper didn't explain anything
Tina

Grand Rapids, MI

#131 Oct 21, 2008
Hey everyone!

I am a journalism student interested in writing an article about Scott's Law. I would love to get input from all of you.

If you received a ticket, know someone who did, or knew Scott Gillen please contact me. You can either post on this site or email me at larson.cristina@uiowa.edu

Thanks!

PS. I received a Scott's Law ticket last year, so I know how you all feel!
Stan

Pekin, IL

#132 Oct 27, 2008
Tina wrote:
Hey everyone!
I am a journalism student interested in writing an article about Scott's Law. I would love to get input from all of you.
If you received a ticket, know someone who did, or knew Scott Gillen please contact me. You can either post on this site or email me at larson.cristina@uiowa.edu
Thanks!
PS. I received a Scott's Law ticket last year, so I know how you all feel!
If you want to hear what happened to me, I will be more than happy to fill you in. Who knows, maybe someone can get this thing a little negative publicity!
charlotte

United States

#133 Nov 3, 2008
the same happened to my huverband,could not get over, truck in lane 3 cars behind me could not slow down safely, ticketed,told to pay 75.00 and ask for court supervision,the cicuit cout clerk,on the phone said, just send in 235.00 and plead guilty, the ticket says manditory court appearance ,she said icould mail in money order, anyone know happens if you dont appear and do what she says, i live in oklahoma
Stan

Pekin, IL

#134 Nov 3, 2008
charlotte wrote:
the same happened to my huverband,could not get over, truck in lane 3 cars behind me could not slow down safely, ticketed,told to pay 75.00 and ask for court supervision,the cicuit cout clerk,on the phone said, just send in 235.00 and plead guilty, the ticket says manditory court appearance ,she said icould mail in money order, anyone know happens if you dont appear and do what she says, i live in oklahoma
Yes, if you don't appear, they will probably fine you at least $1000.00 and take away your license for a year. If you're smart, you will appear and try to get it reduced down to a failure to yield to an emergency vehicle! Don't just send money in!
charlotte

United States

#135 Nov 4, 2008
can iget a laywer to appear in court for me and what if any one know what ill happem then , if i dont appear
charlotte

United States

#136 Nov 4, 2008
can iget a laywer to appear in court for me and what if any one know what ill happem then
Stan

Pekin, IL

#137 Nov 4, 2008
charlotte wrote:
can iget a laywer to appear in court for me and what if any one know what ill happem then
When I received a Scott's law ticket, I took a lawyer in with me, got the charge reduced to a failure to yield, paid a $250.00 fine, and received 6 months court supervision so that it wouldn't hurt my insurance. If I had not done that, I'm sure the fine and penalties would have been much worse.
Tina

Grand Rapids, MI

#138 Nov 4, 2008
Stan wrote:
<quoted text>
If you want to hear what happened to me, I will be more than happy to fill you in. Who knows, maybe someone can get this thing a little negative publicity!
Great!! Do you have an email address I can reach you at? Otherwise would you mind emailing me at larson.cristina@gmail.com?
Nick

Sycamore, IL

#139 Nov 6, 2008
I just had my court appearance for my scott's law ticket. I got mine on I-88 and the officer was parked on the shoulder with his lights on, nobody pulled over, most likely just looking for someone to pull over for scotts law. It was also right before my exit for school, annie glidden, so i would have missed the exit. I slowed down and proceeded with caution, but got the ticket anyway. I was surprised to get a fee of $220 including supervision, which is more than i thought it would cost.
Ruth

United States

#140 Nov 23, 2008
I received a ticket for Scott's law on Sept 1st on my way back gto NJ. I appeared in court Nov 5th paid the fine and now I received a notice that my license was suspended for 90 days. My ticket was reduced to failure to yield to emergency vehicle. I work in NJ for 9 months of the year. I am now going to hire a lawyer to fight this.
Bob

United States

#141 Nov 30, 2008
I got nailed by Scott's law today in Illinois on I-64 near Mt Vernon. The trooper car was stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing, no other cars around or any people around -- it did not look like an emergency situation. I normally slow down and move to an alternate lane if the situation looks hazardous but this one did not. Also, I try to minimize lane changing for safety reasons.

I have never heard of this law and I am from Maryland where we do have this law on our books. No excuse, I know, but still seems terribly unfair. Anyway I got a ticket and a court date in January. What should I do?
Bob

United States

#142 Nov 30, 2008
Correction to previous post:

I got nailed by Scott's law today in Illinois on I-64 near Mt Vernon. The trooper car was stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing, no other cars around or any people around -- it did not look like an emergency situation. I normally slow down and move to an alternate lane if the situation looks hazardous but this one did not. Also, I try to minimize lane changing for safety reasons.

I have never heard of this law and I am from Maryland where we do NOT have this law on our books. No excuse, I know, but still seems terribly unfair. Anyway I got a ticket and a court date in January. What should I do?

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