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Trooper death highlights continual need for 'move over' laws

A veteran Florida Highway Patrol trooper was killed after she was hit by a vehicle while working a traffic crash.

It happened on Interstate 75 in Marion County, FL Saturday.

The crash and death comes more than a decade after the 'move-over' law was passed on July 1st 2003 to save more lives.

The law helps maintain traffic flow and protects the safety of emergency personnel and motorists.

More police officers are killed by traffic crashes than in any other line-of-duty cause of death.

Thankfully there hasn't been a spike in Southwest Georgia.

"Recently here in the state we've had a high successful rate as far as the traffic moving over and slowing down for us, and we appreciate it and we ask that they continue to do so," said Senior Trooper Darryl Benton with Georgia State Patrol."

The 'move over' law is strictly enforced and fines vary around Georgia, but first-time offenders could receive a fine as high as $500.

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