NHTSA’s Move Over for Safety this Season

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind motorists to “Move Over” for law enforcement and EMS vehicles this holiday season and all year round. All 50 states, including California, have “Move Over” laws which require drivers to move over or slow down for emergency service vehicles, law enforcement officers and road maintenance vehicles. These professionals are working hard every day to keep our roadways safe, and we need to do our part too.

Move Over for Safety

The NHTSA reports that over the last 10 years, being struck by a vehicle was the 4th leading cause of death for law enforcement officers. The “Move Over” laws have been implemented in efforts to increase safety for not only cops but also emergency service personnel and roadway workers. If you see flashing lights, move over or slow down to safely pass. They need plenty of room to do their jobs without risk of being hit by a car. Even though you might not think you will hit a cop who is pulled over. A distracted driver could easily cut you off and cause you to swerve out of control. Give the first responders as much room as possible by following the law and moving over.

Drunk Driving Crash Stats

• Every 52 minutes, a person is killed in a drunk driving crash in the U.S.
• In December of 2013, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
• 10,076 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2013.
• Drunk driving fatalities accounted for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities last year.

Roadway Safety this Season

The NHTSA is also reminding people to stay safe this holiday season by designating drivers, buckling up, using car seats for children and putting down the distractions. December is an especially deadly month across the country. There are more drivers on the road and more celebrations involving alcohol.

Tips for Staying Safe

• Don’t drink and drive.
• Always buckle up.
• Restrain child passengers properly.
• Don’t drive distracted.
• Move over to police officers, EMS vehicles, and roadway workers.

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