One person was injured after a driver crashed into an Illinois State Police squad car that was on the scene of a vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in Lake County Tuesday morning.
An Illinois State Police (ISP) Troop 15 trooper was stationary in the left lane of southbound Interstate 94 near Deerfield Road near Deerfield.
The trooper had their vehicle’s emergency lights activated at the scene of a traffic crash around 4:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to ISP officials.
A 2014 Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on Interstate 94 and failed to move over.
The Toyota struck the left concrete median wall before striking the left side of the squad car, officials said.
The trooper was out of the squad car at the time of the crash and was uninjured.
The driver of the Toyota, identified as Joseph W. Allietta, 44, of Niles, was also uninjured.
ISP officials said the passenger of the Toyota was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Allietta was issued citations for improper passing of a stationary emergency vehicle, also known as Scott’s Law violation, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.
The ISP said they have had 19 Move Over Law-related crashes so far this year.
In 2022, the agency had 23 Move Over Law-related crashes where eight troopers suffered injuries.
The state police said they are reminding the public of the Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law.
Drivers are required to slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated.
A person who violates Scott’s Law faces a fine of at least $250 up to $10,000 for a first offense.
If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of between six months and two years.