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Drivers ignore KY Move Over Law, lack of signs cited

Sam Shacklette, a Kentucky state trooper injured after being hit during a traffic stop along I-65 in Bullitt County. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Sam Shacklette, a Kentucky state trooper injured after being hit during a traffic stop along I-65 in Bullitt County. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Eric Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Eric Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Andrea Clifford (Source: WAVE 3 News) Andrea Clifford (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Move Over law is again in the spotlight just days after a vehicle hit a state trooper alongside Interstate 65 in Bullitt County over the weekend.

It's a law that has been in effect in the Commonwealth for years. Some suspect it has not been followed because much needed reminders seem to be few and far between.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Trooper hit by car during traffic stop on I-65]

"Unfortunately, I don't think there's a great deal of awareness in Kentucky," said Eric Johnson of Supporting Heroes.

As the executive director of the nonprofit that helps public safety workers injured or worse in the line of duty, Eric Johnson has helped families impacted by drivers who failed to move over.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Troopers remind drivers to 'move over' after tragic accident]

Johnson most recently reached out to Sam Shacklette, a Kentucky state trooper injured after being hit during a traffic stop along I-65 in Bullitt County on what would have been the soon-to-retire officer's last day.

"There's not a lot of signage in Kentucky," said Johnson. "In other states, you see a tremendous amount of signage. Particularly, Indiana but they had several deaths in a row where some troopers were killed and there was a huge campaign and a lot of signs."

"Many times they're at locations at an interchange where two interstates maybe come together or shortly after you've got on to an interstate system," said Andrea Clifford, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson. "A lot of people may not realize that the move over law has been in effect for over a decade. It went into effect in June of 2003 and the law states that if there is an emergency vehicle such as police, ambulance, you know, tow trucks operating on the side of the road and they have their lights on and they're flashing that you need to move over to the adjacent lane if you're on a four lane roadway where you've got two lanes going in each direction. If you're on a two lane road, and you can't move over, you need to slow down."

Johnson hoped to one day see the law more widely posted, and in turn, more widely followed.

"I certainly hope it doesn't take more tragedies to raise awareness," said Johnson. "It just makes sense. Whether it's the law or not, it makes sense for people to move over."

While signs may be hard to spot in the Commonwealth, offenders are not. Thus, drivers are encouraged to move over or face fines from $60 to $500 and even jail sentences of up to 30 days.

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