In a ceremony held in Springfield on July 20, the family of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story unveiled the addition of her name to the list of state police officers inscribed at the Illinois State Police Memorial Park. The ceremony followed the death of Trooper Jones-Story on March 28, 2019 on U.S. Highway 20 near Freeport, Illinois. The police officer had been conducting a traffic stop, and was hit by a heavy truck driver who had failed to observe the “Move Over” law. This law requires drivers to move over, or sharply slow down, in order to avoid endangering a first responder who is on or next to a working highway.
As a response to Jones-Story’s death in the line of duty, and as a response to the deaths of other first responders, the spring 2019 session of the General Assembly enacted new legislation to sharply increase traffic penalties for failure to obey the “Move Over” law. The ISP Memorial Park is located at Lawrence and South Sixth Streets in central Springfield, the state’s capital city.