Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Move Over" Law (#MoveOver)

Are you aware Kansas has a "Move Over" law? If not, you are not alone. Surveys have shown that many people have not heard of the "Move Over" law for motorists.

Below, you'll see the pictures of two Overland Park police officers who are displaying photos that shows what can happen when motorists fail to move over or proceed with caution.

On January 31st, Officer Gunter  was working an accident on I-435 Highway when his patrol car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Officer Gunter was sitting in his vehicle at the time of the crash waiting for a tow truck to remove a disabled vehicle. Luckily, Officer Gunter had his seatbelt on at the time and only suffered minor injuries, but ones that caused him to miss several days from work.

Officer D. Guieb was also working an accident on January 14th when her patrol car was struck on the side by a passing motorist who failed to move over. This occurred on US69 Highway around 4:30 a.m.  She was working an accident and was blocking the roadway while a tow truck removed a vehicle from the ditch. Officer Guieb has missed an extended amount of time as the result of her crash, but hopes to be back to patrolling the streets within the next week or two.
All but a few states have laws in effect which require motorists on four-lane highways to slow down and move away from emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights. Did you know the law also applies to vehicles engaged in highway construction or maintenance if they are displaying a flashing amber light?

When passing a stopped emergency or law-enforcement vehicle with its flashing lights on, you must either vacate the lane closest to that vehicle(s), or significantly reduce your speed.

If you have not already done so, please make a habit of "moving over" when approaching an emergency or construction vehicle on the side of the road. It could be a matter of life or death.