CSP asks motorists to observe ‘move-over’ law
Virtually every day motorists zoom by highway maintenance workers and law enforcement.
Each day on our nation’s highways some of these workers are injured or killed by passing motorists.
More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed in the last 10 years from these kinds of crashes. In 2007, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Zach Templeton was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
In 2005, the Colorado legislature joined 42 other states in passing a law, commonly known as the “move-over” law, which requires motorists approaching or passing a stationary emergency vehicle with its emergency lights activated to exercise due caution.
CSP Capt. Richard Duran said that “standing on the highway doing your job can be quite dangerous. People don’t know what it’s like until they are put in that position. “
He said that if people would try and understand what it’s like to have a passing vehicle come within inches of someone at 65 to 75 mph, then they would know why it’s so important to move over.
Specifically, the law requires motorists to slow, and move over one lane where there are at least two lanes in the same direction. If it is not possible due to traffic flow or weather, motorists are required to reduce and maintain a safe speed while passing.
Any motorist who violates this law may be contacted and cited for a class A traffic violation, punishable by a fine of $87 and four points assessed against a Colorado driver’s license.
The Colorado State Patrol is asking motorists to take note of the law and its increased enforcement on Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin County roadways. We would like to remind both motorists of this law’s importance, and to always be aware of your surroundings.
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