First-responder protections bolstered by GOP-sponsored legislation
Bills co-sponsored by state Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Moline) aimed at boosting protection for first responders on the roadways became state laws Aug. 9.
A pair of laws the governor signed Friday specifies harsher punishment for violations of Scott’s Law, a rule requiring motorists to exercise extra caution when they see first responders pulled over at a roadside accident scene. Another regulation creates a task force to study accidents involving first responders at the scene of an accident, according to a report from WREX.
“I was proud to stand with fellow colleagues for yesterday’s bill signing,” Anderson wrote on his Facebook page, noting the new law “requires the secretary of state to include at least one question in regard to Scott's Law on the written driving test.”
He also lauded the creation of the Move Over Task Force, which will examine ways to keep police, fire and other emergency responders safe.
“As an emergency responder myself, this is extremely important to me,” Anderson wrote on Facebook. “When you see a vehicle on the side of the road, Slow Down and Move Over.”
Anderson, a firefighter, represents the 36th District, comprising the cities of Colona, East Moline, Fulton, Moline, Morrison, Prophetstown, Rock Falls, Rock Island, Savanna, Silvis and Sterling.