FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project are collaborating to focus on education and enforcement of the "Move Over" law.
This initiative will begin on Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Saturday, July 25 at 11:59 p.m.
Indiana State Police Trooper Cars
Ohio State Highway Patrol
The high-visibility enforcement will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
OSHP Says from 2015-2019, troopers were involved in 49 crashes that appeared to be related to the Move Over law.
As a result of these crashes, one civilian was killed and 49 officers and civilians were injured.
OSHP says during that same time period, the Patrol has recorded 23,429 Move Over violation citations.
“When drivers move over, they can help protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses Ohio’s roadways,” said OSHP Superintendent Colonel Richard S. Fambro. “When you see flashing lights, move over and slow down. It’s the law and the right thing to do.”
Indiana and Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the side of the road.
If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, state troopers say motorists should slow down and drive with caution.
The Move Over law exists in all 50 states.