STATEWIDE–Over 100 drivers were ticketed during the recent “Move Over Law” traffic enforcement by Indiana State Police.
State troopers focused on drivers not slowing down or moving over for police, tow trucks, or maintenance crews. The concentrated effort on the “Move Over Law” ran from April 14-20.
They issued 115 tickets and 194 warnings. 83 of the 115 tickets were for failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle on a 4-lane highway.
In just the first three months of 2019, 10 parked state police cars were hit by other drivers. Most of those happened while the officers were investigating another crash scene.
In 1999, Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass a “Move over Law.” It requires drivers to move to an adjacent traffic lane or reduce speed by 10 mph below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by a stationary police, fire, or ambulance emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road.
Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed the result of the death of ISP Tpr. Andrew Winzenread who was killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Dearborn County. Now, in 2019, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move-over-law.
(PHOTO: Eric Berman/WIBC)