Move Over, America
More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides.
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.
On August 27th, 2009, the North West Miami-Dade Community Traffic Safety Team hosted a Move Over Education & Enforcement Detail in the cities of Medley, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Doral, Virginia Gardens, and North Miami.
On June 19, 2008 the St. Pete Beach police officers explain the importance of the move over law to citizens, using the Move Over Guide, which is provided by the National Safety Commission.
Motorists traveling on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County should be extra careful to move over or slow down this week when they see an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the highway.
Officers will pull over drivers who do not change lanes or lower their speed when they pass them doing their job on the streets.
New 'pull over' law goes into effect today: Drivers must give emergency, DOT vehicles wide berth
Move Over, America Public Service Announcement
States that have Move-Over Laws
(click on any state to learn about state-specific details.)
A Fallen Officer's Story
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Christopher Seguin Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida 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.
The High Price of Traffic Safety
Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
NATIONAL "MOVE OVER, AMERICA" CAMPAIGN PRESS CONFERENCE
"The Move Over, America" Campaign is the first coordinated national effort to educate Americans about "Move Over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public. In 2009, Move Over laws were passed and implemented by the legislatures in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Move Over Law Petition
If there is a Move Over law in your State, we urge you to follow it and make others aware. If there is no Move Over law in your State, we urge you to let your state legislators know you want one by signing the petition below.
Let's all pitch in to protect the law enforcement officers who protect us every day.
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