Summer travelers reminded about ‘Move Over’ law

first_imgYEARTicketsWarnings Struck in Work Zone010 Struck while Assisting Motorist041 20186641,292 2019 to April 1st12490 YEARCrash with Property Damage Crash with InjuryCrash with Fatality Indiana State Police201720182019 to April 1st 2016424150 2017396160 TOTAL131110 20175171,023center_img Tickets and Warnings Issued for Violation of Indiana’s Move Over Law Indiana State Police Vehicles Struck When Not in Motion Struck while Directing Traffic001 2019 to April 1st144239 Stuck on Traffic Stop301 Struck at Crash Scene1067 2018444110 Versailles, In. — In 1999 Indiana was the first State in the nation to pass a “Move Over” law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce speed by 10 mph below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by a stationary police, fire or ambulance emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road.  Over the years Indiana’s law has expanded to include stationary recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed the result of the death of ISP Tpr. Andrew Winzenread who was killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Dearborn County.  Now, in 2019, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move-over-law.But we all know laws are only effective when followed.  In Indiana, we still have too many emergency vehicles being struck by inattentive or distracted motorists.  And in neighboring Illinois, three state troopers have been struck and killed since the beginning of 2019.As part of a joint ‘Move Over Law’ traffic enforcement project, Indiana will be working with our ‘Six State Trooper’ law enforcement partners in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia during the week of April 14th through the 20th.  During this time motorists can expect to see additional patrols looking for distracted driving violations which often lead to motorists failing to move over when they approach an emergency vehicle stopped roadside or at a crash scene.  Some violations associated with Driving While Distracted include speeding, following too close, drifting from lane to lane and failing to signal turns or lane changes.It is not the goal of the Indiana State Police to simply write tickets.  We encourage and desire voluntary compliance with traffic laws to ensure the safety of the public as well as the safety of public safety professionals.  Our historical enforcement of the move over law reveals about 50% of persons stopped for this violation receive a written warning, but citations are issued for particularly egregious violations of the law.To learn more about Move Over Laws in other States click here. Crashes of a Parked Police Vehicle from ANY Indiana Police Agencylast_img

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