Move Over America! Read & Follow to Save Big $$ and Save Officers Lives
The first part of this story is from a friend that wrote the first part of the article, but friends lets save lives that serve to protect us. I thought of these officers with our driving just inches from there cars at high rates of speed, so it’s past time we protect them. Is the fine too steep? If this is what it was you bet! But how much is an officers life worth? I have had occassion where I couldn’t move over, yes.. but I went to a crawl as I have known about the law.
New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you have to change to the next lane
(away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down to at least 20 mph under the posted speed limit. Every
state except Hawaii and Maryland and the D.C. has this law. In California , the Move-over law became
operative on January 1, 2010. http://www.moveoveramerica.com/ A friend’s son got a ticket for this recently.
A police car (turned out it was two police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. He slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and
gave him a ticket. He had never heard of the law. It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency
vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane.
The cost of the ticket was $754, with three points on your license and a mandatory court appearance.
Please let everyone you know that drives about this new law. It is true (see details at the following
The following I got from the Move Over America Web Site and as you read there are some sad statistics.
“Move Over, America” is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about “Move Over” laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.
According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission:
- 71 percent of Americans have not heard of “Move Over” laws;
- 86 percent support enacting “Move Over” laws in all 50 states; and
- 90 percent believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders.
The poll was conducted among 625 registered voters from June 23-25. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.
Forty three states have passed “Move Over” laws, which require motorists to “Move Over” and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides.
Deputy Ryan Seguin was struck and killed Feb. 15, ’06, by the driver of a vehicle as he and his partner made a traffic stop on Interstate 595 in Broward County, Florida. He was 23 years old.