Motorists reminded to move over for flashing lights

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NEWS RELEASE — Brainerd, MN — Motorists are required to move over for stopped emergency vehicles that have emergency lights activated — it’s the law in Minnesota.

Law enforcement agencies around the state, including, will increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over law Aug. 31 to remind motorists that emergency responders need room on the road to conduct their work safely.

The move over law is named after State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss, who was killed 13 years ago by a passing vehicle as he was making a traffic stop on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona.

Minnesota’s “move over” law means:

• When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, you must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance and construction vehicles.

• Reduce speed if you are unable to safely move over a lane.

• Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines can exceed $100.

“Emergency and maintenance personnel stopped alongside the road with their emergency lights on are doing their part to help keep our roads safe,” says Lt. Joe Dwyer. “The State Patrol, along with deputies and local officers ask that you return the favor by safely moving your vehicle over one lane to help ensure everyone’s safety.”

The “Move Over” enforcement and education campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.


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