| Sheriff Jay Koon |

You’ve seen one too many on the news: a first responder killed because they were struck by a car.

Our emergency personnel put their lives in jeopardy every time they stop on the side of the road. We need to make sure we are reducing the chances for injury by maintaining a safe distance.

You see flashing lights up ahead. A deputy is out with a stranded vehicle. What are you supposed to do?

Did you know that you’re supposed to reduce speed and move over? Drivers who are approaching stopped emergency vehicles or tow trucks need to slow down and try to switch lanes if it is safe to do so.

Every time law enforcement officers stop to help motorists, investigate a crash or conduct a traffic stop, they are putting their own lives at risk.

Moving over and giving space to first responder isn’t just a courtesy—it’s the law (since 2002) and it can save a life. Losing one more officer to a traffic-related incident isn’t an option. These are preventable tragedies.

Breaking this law can award you with a misdemeanor charge and a fine up to $500. These emergency personnel work in dangerous situations all the time, but drivers really increase that risk for them when they zoom by and ignore the flashing lights—and the law. From 2006-2019, 809 officers died due to motor vehicle related incidents (struck by and crashes) – 43% of all line-of-duty deaths (CDC). That’s why everyone needs to know the law and follow it: to protect those who protect us.

We need your help to ensure all drivers are aware of this violation. Let your family and friends know they can save a life and a fine by just moving over.