No matter how familiar you are with the Move Over Law, it’s worth repeating, especially when we see articles where troopers are injured because passing motorists don’t slow down or move over when passing emergency vehicles stopped in a lane. The law, which has been passed in all states except Hawaii, requires vehicles to change into another lane, when possible, or reduce their speed and be prepared to stop. If the risk of injuring or killing a person isn’t enough, ticketed drivers can face hefty fines – up to $500 in some states and even jail time in others. Know what the law is in your state and protect emergency personnel and officers who doing their jobs by abiding by it. Here are some stats from moveoveramerica.com and a study by Texas Transportation Institute:
- 184 law enforcement officers were killed between 1997 and 2008 after being struck by a vehicle in the line of duty
- 71% of Americans polled have not heard of the Move Over laws
- 90% of those polled believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders
Read more and watch the PSA on moveoveramerica.com.