WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — State police want you to move over for flashing lights on the interstate. If you don't, you might get pulled over.
It's all part of a week-long effort starting April 14 to 20 to enforce the state's Move Over Law.
The law requires that drivers pull over or reduce speed when driving by stationary police, fire or ambulance emergency vehicles.
It also applies to construction, utility service, and road maintenance cars.
The law was crafted after an ISP officer was struck and killed helping a driver in 1997.
“We want to make sure that people realize, we're out there for you,” said ISP Sgt. Kim Riley. “You're not there for us. We want to make sure that you're paying attention, that you understand that this is, all it is what's going on.”
Sgt. Riley said most of these car incidents come from distracted driving.
“You've got a two-ton vehicle that you're driving down the roadway 60 miles per hour, that's just nothing more than a big bullet down the roadway,” said Riley. “If you don't know where it's going, it's going to hit something or somebody and then you're going to feel awfully bad about it.”
Three Illinois State Troopers have been struck and killed this year. Sgt. Riley hopes this blitz prevents similar tragedies from happening in Indiana.