ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A day after the Kane County Sheriff’s Office participated in a regional enforcement patrol which targeted distracted driving and Scott’s Law violations – a driver struck a Kane County Sheriff’s patrol car while its emergency lights were activated, and the deputy was seated inside, officials announced in a news release.
The incident occurred at 7:13 a.m. April 27 on northbound Randall Road just south of Silver Glen Road in St. Charles Township where a deputy pulled a motorist over for a speeding violation.
Juma Khan of Hoffman Estates, driving a 2016 Mercedes Benz, failed to slow down or move over as required by Illinois law, striking the squad car in a sideswipe crash, the release stated.
Khan was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and a Scott’s Law violation, the release stated.
Scott's Law requires drivers to slow down and change lanes if possible when approaching a police car or other emergency vehicle stopped on a roadway. A conviction for a Scott’s Law violation carries a potential fine of $10,000, according to the release.
There were no injuries and both vehicles were driven from the scene, but this crash continues a dangerous trend of people failing to accept the responsibility of operating their vehicle in a safe and controlled manner, Sheriff Ron Hain stated in the release.
"We would rather not write tickets, but I will not lose a deputy due to someone driving unaware of their surroundings," Hain stated in the release. "We will continue zero-tolerance enforcement of these laws on a daily basis.”
Apparently the targeted patrol effort on April 26 did not result in an increased awareness to the dangers of distracted driving and Scott’s Law, the release stated.
In total, deputies issued 19 driving citations, seven warnings and two Scott’s Law citations during the targeted enforcement.
Deputies also issued one citation for passing at an intersection and one for disobeying a stop sign, one speeding warning, one arrest for not having a valid driver’s license and an arrest for driving with a suspended license, the release stated.
“We are reminding the public to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles as required by Scott’s Law,” Hain stated in the release.
“We have aggressively sought compliance from our motoring public through news releases and social media regarding our distracted driving and Scott’s Law campaigns,” Hain stated in the release.