Troopers remind drivers about state's move over law

Troopers remind drivers about state's move over law

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Troopers are an officer-involved crash to remind drivers to keep an eye out for law enforcement vehicles, especially if they are parked on the side of the road.

They tell me more officers, deputies, and troopers are killed annually by drivers that don't pay attention than by gunfire or anything else.

When you hear sirens and see lights, there's one thing you should do right away.

"When we turn the blue lights on, we've found a safe place to pull over. Don't keep going down the road, pull over as soon as you see those blue lights come on," said Trooper Daniel Joiner.

Just like these cars did, but with traffic flying by it's important to move over for your safety as well as theirs.

"Most of the officer involved fatalities are involved with vehicles instead of gunfire," said Joiner.

State law says you must move over one lane to allow room for officers to safely walk up to vehicles, but there are times when it is impossible.

"If you can't get over then slow down as low as you can go and get over as much as you can," said Joiner.

Most people on Liberty Expressway complied with the law, but for those that don't, you're looking at a minimum fine of $500.

"It's up to the counties whether they want to charge more than that or not. I know some counties around here do charge more than 500," said Joiner.

Joiner says troopers angle their vehicles and try to get off the road as much as they can, but there are still drivers that just don't pay attention and make it a close call.

The law applies to any emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Joiner says the major problem roads in Albany are roads like Dawson, Slappey, and Westover, and that if you have a chance to get off the road and pull in somewhere, then you should do that.

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