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Drivers "Move Over" for emergency vehicles

State troopers in Tippecanoe County are conducting extra patrols this week to remind drivers of the "move over" law.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 4:27 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 4:33 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— State troopers in Tippecanoe County are conducting extra patrols this week to remind drivers of the "move over" law.

Troopers want drivers to slow down when they see an emergency vehicle. The rule is, for any emergency vehicle, your car needs to be in the left lane and 10 miles below the speed limit.

This week, state troopers are cracking down on drivers who don't move over or slow down when they see an emergency vehicle up ahead. Master Trooper Aaron McCormick said stepping out of the vehicle is a risk in itself. 

"We see so many people that go by us, ten above the posted speed limit when we've got someone stopped right outside the car," said McCormick. "Those are the major violations we watch for."

Since the law has been in effect, the number of accidents has gone down but is still on state troopers' radar.

"We've had several troopers that have been hit alongside the road and killed and injured, we've had several since then," explained McCormick. "Knock on wood, we haven't had any since the law took effect that has been killed."

McCormick said he hopes to keep it that way.

"Notice the people that are working alongside the road, not necessarily just troopers but the highway workers, the tow trucks, the utility workers, those are the people that they are trying to look out for also."

Failure to yield could land drivers a ticket of $234. Extra patrols will be continuing until Saturday but the law will be effective throughout the year.

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