State Police remind motorists of Scott's Law after death of Trooper

By WEEK Reporter

State Police remind motorists of Scott's Law after death of Trooper

November 27, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:18 AM CDT

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are reminding motorists to keep their eyes on the road, following the death of one of their own.

State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, was killed Monday while making a routine stop on I-55, near Litchfield. The Trooper was struck by a passing tractor trailer rig.

Illinois law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle.

State Trooper Dustin Pierce says motorists should apply Scott's Law to all roadside stops.

"But even if there is a car broke down or stopped on the side of the road. The motorists should get over in another lane and give them room. One if you have ever been the motorists broke down on the side of the road, you know what I mean about the cars going by you and rocking you," Pierce said.

"And two, you don't know what that car on the side of the road is going to do: if they are going to take off in front of you, if they are going to throw open the door in front of you. So it is best to just get over and give them room," Pierce continued.

It is also illegal for motorists to use a hand-held cell phone within 500 feet of an emergency scene.

Trooper Deatherage is survived by his wife and two young children.

Monday's accident remains under investigation.