The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to get the word out about the “Move Over” laws that have been put in place to protect law enforcement officers and other first respondents. Although most of us might think of bank robbers and other “bad guys” as the major threats to law enforcement officer safety, that’s not an entirely accurate representation of the dangers policemen and women face on a day-to-day basis. One of the most dangerous parts of any first respondents job is responding to vehicles on the side of the road. According to the NHTSA, in 2017 alone, 47 law enforcement officers were killed in traffic-related incidents.
Move Over, It’s The Law
All 50 states, including California, now have Move Over laws. That being said, many motorists still don’t know about these important laws. In California, by law, you must move over a lane for law enforcement officers and other first respondents with flashing lights. If you can’t move over, you need to slow down and wait until it is safe to do so. This critically important law gives law enforcement officers and other first respondents the room they need to safely respond to motorists and calls.
Move Over For Amber Lights Too
Motorists in California are also required to move over for the flashing amber lights of road crews. Roadway workers have a right to a safe working environment too. Anybody that works feet or inches beside the roadway deserves to have motorists move over to ensure their work space is safe.
Distracted Drivers Epidemic
Traffic-related incidents remain the number one cause of death to on-duty law enforcement officers. With distracted drivers plaguing roadways in California and all over the nation, law enforcement officers are at an increased risk for being injured or killed while doing their jobs.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.