The Montana State Patrol
is now beginning to ticket drivers who fail to slow down when approaching
an emergency vehicle on roads within the state. Law enforcement officials
say no more driver warnings will be given under a new law that went into effect
earlier this year.
Up to this point, the
state patrol has been issuing warnings to drivers who fail to abide by the
new law, the Billings Gazette reported. The "Move Over" law requires
drivers on interstate highways or multiple lane highways to move over to the
farthest lane away from the stopped emergency vehicle. On two-lane highways,
drivers have to slow to at least 20 mph below the posted speed limit when
passing a stopped emergency vehicle.
The law was implemented
because one trooper was killed and at least 14 other highway patrol vehicles
have been wrecked when hit from the rear by inattentive drivers in the last