Emergency responders ask: ‘Move Over’

       Representatives of about a dozen area police, fire and transportation entities gathered at Ridge Road and Highway 24 April 1 to publicize the safety importance of the Colorado “Move Over” law.
       The law defines what drivers should do when passing a parked emergency vehicle that's handling a roadside call. In such situations, drivers must move over and change lanes. if possible, to provide clearance, the law states. “If drivers can't change lanes or are driving on a two-lane road, they must slow down,” elaborated Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Steve Tobias. “If drivers do not move over or slow down, officers can and do write citations for the violation.”
       The law was passed in 2005 because of the risks faced by police, emergency technicians and transportation workers from oncoming traffic during routine traffic stops, accident responses and highway construction projects, Tobias said.
       Representatives came from as far away as Pueblo and Teller County for the event, which also featured a demonstration of proper “Move Over” driver actions along eastbound Highway 24 just east of Ridge Road.

Westside Pioneer/press release