A new bill introduced to reduce the risk of accidents and protect tow truck operators and emergency responders has advanced in the Senate.

House Bill 4255, sponsored by State Senator Erica Harriss, aims to enhance roadway safety in Illinois by allowing the use of green lights on specified vehicles, including tow trucks, fire department, and police vehicles, when at an emergency scene. 

The proposal seeks to address safety concerns highlighted by the tragic loss of a tow truck operator who was struck and killed in a roadway accident while on the job last year. The proposed change would improve visibility for motorists approaching stopped or parked emergency vehicles, particularly during daylight hours, and encourage motorists to slow down near emergency vehicles. 

Passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Bill 4255 will now advance to the Governor’s desk for further consideration. 

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