Good morning, troops. It's Friday, May 17.
The traffic deaths of Illinois State Police troopers this year have brought attention to Scott's Law. It requires drivers to reduce speed and move over at least one lane of traffic, when possible, for emergency vehicles whose hazard lights are flashing.
But police officers aren't the only ones for whom traffic needs to yield.
With construction season renewing, an incident that took place Thursday about 50 miles north of Peoria served as a reminder to slow down and observe when workers are on the highway.
A Chevrolet van struck and injured a construction worker along Illinois Route 29 in DePue in Bureau County, according to the State Police.
Agnes Dunn, 86, of Tiskilwa was driving east about 8:45 a.m. on Route 29 near County Road 2850E in a well-marked construction zone. She didn't obey a stop sign displayed by John Kowalczyk, 68, of Peru, a member of the construction crew.
The right side of Dunn's van struck Kowalczyk and the stop sign, according to a State Police news release. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Dunn was cited for failing to yield to a worker in a construction zone and disobeying a traffic-control device.
The accident could have been much worse. But the close call should be yet another wake-up call for drivers, according to a State Police commander.
"You must always reduce your speed when approaching emergency vehicles, move to an adjacent lane when possible and stop when necessary," Jason LoCoco stated. "It is common sense, common courtesy, and it is the law.
"We are grateful Mr. Kowalczyk's injuries were not more serious."