Sept. 19, 2012
Some law enforcement across the country would rather be shot at than be put on highway traffic duty. An article from 9 News states they feel this way because of the danger of speeding vehicles barreling in their direction.
To put the risk into perspective, experts say one law enforcement officer was killed due to an automotive collision every month from 2003 to 2011 in the United States. Many believe the reason the number is so high is because of a lack of education about “Move Over” laws.
The law, which was put into the books in Colorado in 2005, states that motorists are required to move over by at least one traffic lane when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its lights or sirens activated. Despite being a state law for more than seven years, many drivers pulled over for failing to observe the law say they are unaware of its existence.
Over the next six weeks, the Colorado State Patrol, in conjunction with the Arvada and Thornton Police Departments, will be conducting a campaign to pull over and educate drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles. The program has been a success so far, with more than 70 citations being issued.