Across the nation, the number of law enforcement officers, emergency technicians and workers being killed during traffic stops responses to accidents, and construction sites is growing.
Federal statistics show that traffic crashes claim the lives of more law enforcement officers during the line of duty than any other cause, including shootings. According to the FBI statistics, 49 police officers died in crashes across the United States, 13 of which were struck and killed by passing vehicles as they were working outside of their car. A report from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reveals that all types of emergency vehicles have been hit while parked on the side of the road in Georgia, even with the lights flashing.
As a result, more than 30 states have passed move-over laws. Georgia has joined the ranks of those states. These are the requirements of Georgia’s move over law:
If there is a vehicle with flashing lights parked on the shoulder of the highway, the driver should move over one lane when possible.
If there is too much traffic to safely move over one lane, the driver must slow down below the posted speed limit to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions and be prepared to stop
These requirements apply to emergency vehicles, towing vehicles, and highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights. The fine for violating the law is a hefty $500.
“Georgia’s Move Over Law was meant to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities to police officers, paramedics, firefighters, tow truck operators and highway maintenance workers,” said the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Harris Blackwood.