officials say many drivers are largely ignoring a 2-year-old law
to protect police and other emergency personnel during roadside
be willing to bet every stop we make somebody violates this law,”
Patrol Sgt. Steve Townsend said in a recent statement.
“Move Over” law – which went into effect July 1, 2001 – requires
drivers to merge into the furthest lane away from an emergency
vehicle parked by the road with its lights flashing. On two-lane
highways, drivers are required to slow down to 20 mph below the
speed limit before passing the emergency vehicle.
the law went into effect, troopers have written nearly 600 citations
for violations at $110 a pop. In that time, 21 highway patrol
vehicles have been struck while parked with emergency lights flashing.
Wyoming Department of Transportation has erected signs around
the state to remind drivers of the law’s requirements.