WILL COUNTY, IL — An Illinois State Police trooper was injured after their vehicle was struck by another vehicle while the officer conducted a traffic stop, according to Illinois State Police.
The trooper was conducting a traffic stop at milepost 10 on Interstate 355 northbound in Will County at 2:20 pm Friday, police said.
The trooper was inside their stopped, fully marked squad car when they were struck by another vehicle from behind, according to state police.
The other vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma, was heading north on I-355 when it failed to yield to the stopped emergency vehicle and crashed into the rear driver’s side, state police said.
The driver of the Toyota, 24-year-old Evan K. Johnson of Tinley Park, was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash is under investigation.
The crash was the 15th “Scott’s Law” violation this year, state police said in a statement issued Friday night.
Scott’s Law is named after the Chicago Fire Department Lt. Scott Gillenwho was hit and killed in 2000 as he tried to help motorists involved in an accident on the Dan Ryan.
In 2020, the minimum fine for violating Scott’s Law and failing to yield to a stopped emergency vehicle more than doubled, from $100 to $250 for a first offense and second or repeat offenses punishable with fines of $750 to $10,000. The change came later three Illinois State Police Troopers were killed in 2019 and 26 trooper cars were struck by drivers, according to WIFR.
“So far this year, there have been fifteen ISP squad cars struck in relation to the Move Over Law and four Troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes,” state police said in the statement.
“ISP Troopers work hard to protect the motoring public on Illinois roadways. We need the public to avoid putting their lives and the lives of others at risk by making responsible choices when behind the wheel. Always pay attention and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” said District 15 Commander Captain Jason Bradley