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Illinois State Police to introduce new laws in 2017

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With the new year, comes new laws. The Illinois State Police hope at least one of them will save more lives.

Scott's Law, enacted in 2000, requires drivers slow down or change lanes when approaching a emergency vehicle with its lights activated.  

Beginning in 2017 this law will apply to any vehicle on the side of the road that has hazard lights activated.  

If you see flashing lights ahead, move over, or slow down.

When entering a work or school zone, you of course need to eliminate distractions and make sure you are driving at the posted speed limit.  

But starting next year, if you decide to speed through a work or school zone, you may end up in jail. 

Speeding 26 miles per hour or more, but less than 35 miles per hour, is now a Class B misdemeanor.

35 miles per hour or more in excess of the work or school zone speed limit is now a Class A misdemeanor.  

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