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Police looking for distracted drivers

Indiana State Police will have extra patrols this week looking for drivers who don’t follow the “Move Over Law.”

In 1999, Indiana was the first state to pass a law requiring motorists 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. Since, Indiana’s law has expanded to include stationary recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.

Now, in 2019, every state except Hawaii has some form of a move-over-law.

Indiana will be working with our “Six State Trooper” from April 14-20, looking for distracted driving violations which often lead to motorists failing to move over when they approach an emergency vehicle stopped roadside or at a crash scene. Some violations associated with driving while distracted include speeding, following too close, drifting from lane to lane and failing to signal turns or lane changes.

To learn more about Move Over Laws in other States, visit this site: www.moveoveramerica.com/