Monday, July 15, 2024

State Police: Motorists, move over this Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend falls in police’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, meaning officers will be on the lookout for motorists not wearing their seat belts. (file photo)
Memorial Day weekend falls in police’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, meaning officers will be on the lookout for motorists not wearing their seat belts. (file photo)

If you see flashing red and blue lights along the side of the road this holiday weekend, Virginia State Police hope you will remember to move over.

The “Move Over” Law requires motorists to either move to the opposite lane or cautiously pass emergency personnel, tow trucks and maintenance vehicles stopped at the roadside, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

“Every day first responders and highway workers knowingly take on the dangerous task of working along the roadside to assist motorists or improve our highways,” Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent, said in the release. “We’re asking drivers to help protect those men and women by doing what’s right when they see flashing red, blue or amber lights – Move Over or Slow Down. It’s the law, and it could save a life.”

At total of 128 law enforcement officers nationwide were struck by vehicles along the roadside between 2006 and 2015. Five Virginia State Police troopers were injured in 2016 when motorists did not move over, the release stated. 

Virginia State Police also reminded drivers and their passengers to buckle up. Memorial Day weekend falls in police’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, meaning officers will be on the lookout for motorists not wearing their seat belts.

More than 300 Virginians were killed in car crashes last year while not wearing a seat belt, according to the release. A total of 761 Virginia motorists were killed in 2016, with 11 taking place on Memorial Day weekend.

Last Memorial Day weekend, troopers cited 913 Virginians for not buckling their seat belts and issued 273 child safety seat violations.

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