Move Over, AmericaBy Home Security Source Nov 9 , 2010 | 11:39:20 amPosted in: DIY Safety, Travel
Since 1999 over 150 law enforcement officers have been struck and killed by passing vehicles along America’s highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In an effort to lower this number and protect officers from the threats associated with roadside stops, national traffic safety and law enforcement officials have come together in support of “Move Over, America”.
The “Move Over, America” campaign was started in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Association of Police Organizations to help raise awareness about the issue of officer safety during traffic stops.
It is estimated that 71 percent of Americans have not heard of “Move Over” laws. However, 43 states have passed the laws, some as early as 2002 with fines as high as $500.
Here is what you need to know about “Move Over” laws to keep yourself and others safe:
• If you see flashing red, blue, white or amber lights safely pull into the lane farthest from the stopped vehicles.
• If you cannot get into another lane, reduce your speed to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit and give stationary officers as wide a berth as possible.
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