Illinois House approves Scott's Law changes

By WEEK Producer

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 11:18 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A law meant to help keep police officers and first responders safe on Illinois roadways could soon get a bit tougher.

On Friday, the Illinois House passed a bill that would increase the penalties for anyone who violates Scott's Law.

Scott's Law requires driver to slow down and pull over when they see emergency vehicles with their lights on.

The penalty for violating the law would be increased from a fine to a Class B misdemeanor.

If there is a death involved, charges would increase to a Class 4 felony.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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