Extra Enforcement Out For ‘Move Over Law’
It was 16 years ago today when a Minnesota state trooper was struck and killed while conducting a traffic stop along I-90.
Since then, the Minnesota Department of Transportation established a “Move Over Law”, with extra enforcement out on this day.
MnDot are reminding motorists on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must move over one full lane from stopped emergency vehicles that have their flashing lights activated. That includes ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks. If it is not safe to move over, the driver should slow down.
The Move Over Law is named after State Trooper Ted Foss, who was struck and killed by a passing semitrailer truck while conducting a traffic stop on Aug. 31, 2000. The law is intended to keep emergency workers safe, and prevent motorists from crashing into stopped vehicles.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 448 citations, 1,387 warnings written this year for vehicles failing to Move Over.