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Remember the MOVE OVER Law

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November 21, 2007

Dougherty County - - Highways are crowded with holiday travelers and with extra law enforcers. Those officers put themselves in danger trying to keep you safe. In 40 states, including Georgia, you need to remember to move over a lane when you pass an officer involved in a traffic stop. If you don't, you could get a ticket. You could also cause a crash.

During a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Louisiana last year, no one knew a trooper was about to be the victim of a serious crash when a vehicle hit him. Two of his legs were broken as a result. Amazingly, the officer survived. He was even able to call for help.

Dougherty County Police say it happens way too often.

"More officers are more likely to be either injured or killed by being struck by a motorist than they are by being shot," says Lt. Tom Jackson.

Two Ohio officers parked on the side of the road were also victims. A driver hit their car and the two officers.

Even during our interview with Lt. Tom Jackson, we noticed violators of the move over law in action. We watched as an officer got out of his vehicle during a traffic stop.

"See how he's not moving. He slowed down but he didn't move over," Jackson showed us.

A few seconds later, a Dougherty County Officer pulled over the driver of that truck.

Countless stories like one in South Carolina show why moving over is so important.

"Does it automatically register in your mind?" we asked one driver.

"No but I have to program it to because I might hit somebody," Kenneth Dukes replied.

Most drivers say they see the logic. But seeing and doing are two different things.

A lot of people say, 'I didn't know about this law, why should I get a ticket?' Officers are saying by actually enforcing it and giving you a ticket, you'll not only know about it, you'll remember it. 

Dougherty County Police are now giving out flyers about the move over law during every traffic stop to make sure everyone is aware and follows the law. Violators can get a fine up to $300.

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