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The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to please pay attention to officers on the road after one of their own was killed during a routine traffic stop on Monday.
Kyle Deatherage died yesterday on I-55 when he was sideswiped by a semi tractor traylor during a traffic stop. In 2006 another trooper was injured when is car was hit by a semi when he was assisting a tow truck on the interstate.
"We have troopers, deputies, officers on the roadways all the time doing various things--traffic stops, helping out stranded motorists, handling crashes or removing debris from the road. It's very important that people are paying attention and moving over allowing them to do their jobs," said District 8 trooper Dustin Pierce.
In the case of injury, property damage or death, drivers face up to $10,000 in fines and loss of a drivers license for up to two years.