Alabama State Trooper officials have joined two other Southeastern states in a campaign to teach motorists the importance of “moving over” to protect emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. More than 170 law enforcement officers in the U.S. since 1999 have died after being struck by motorists, and thousands more have been injured, according to a statement released today by Col. Hugh McCall, director of Alabama’s Department of Public Safety.
The Alabama highway department teamed up with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Georgia State Patrol during February to draw attention to the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to move over one lane when authorized emergency vehicles — including police, fire, EMS vehicles and tow trucks — are stopped on the roadside with emergency signals activated. Col. McCall said in prepared statement:
To do our jobs, we must work in close proximity to traffic. The ‘move over’ law provides all first responders and emergency workers the clearance they need to work safely.
This is a good program and it should be effective. If so, it will save lives. Hopefully the public will be adequately informed by the states involved. The media should help get the message out to folks in these three states.
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