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GSP to step up 'Move Over' enforcement

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia StateTroopers are concerned about the number of pedestrian deaths on Georgia roads.  As more peopletravel during spring break season, they want you to watch out for pedestriansand move over when you see a car on a roadside.        

Troopers saymore people are driving aggressively, and they will soon begin more strictenforcement of the state's move over law. Drivers tell us that pulling over to the side of Georgiaroads can be frightening,  as most carspass too close for comfort.

"My boyfriend actually had that problem before, beingbroke down on the side of the road.  Andit's really flabbergasting how many people don't get over," Madison Karrsaid.

Georgia State Patrol troopers say they know, and that'swhy legislators passed the Move Over Law in 2003, requiring people to move overa lane around law enforcement vehicles with blue lights on, or slow downdramatically. 

Troopers say they have notcited as many people in the past because of the stiff $500 fine, but thatwill soon end. 

GSP Sergeant First Class Shawn Urquhart said, "As theweather warms up we are going to be strictly enforcing that law.  And not issue warnings.  We are going to be doing citations." 

Troopers not only are concerned for law enforcement, theyare asking motorists to move over for all vehicles on the side of the road, fromtow trucks, construction zones, to broken down cars.

"Over the past year the injuries from motor vehiclecrashes is down, but injuries and fatalities from pedestrians has increasedthroughout the state of Georgia.  We wantpeople to be aware of that and just be more vigilant when they are out on theroad. And be very observant of their surroundings and people stranded on thehighways," Urquhart said.   

In 2012 there were 167 pedestrian deaths in Georgia, andincreased to 179 killed in 2013.  So farthis year there have been 18 pedestrian deaths. And with increased traffic,troopers say they will soon start more strictly enforcing Georgia's Move OverLaw, hoping drivers will be adopt the rules for all cars stopped on the roads.

AAA says 82% of people who live in Georgia, Tennessee, andFlorida will travel for a vacation this year. Troopers urge them to slow downand watch for people along the roadways.

 

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