Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency workers put their lives on the line to save ours. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky business. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation: www.oregon.gov/ODOT.
In the last 10 years across this country, more than 700 law enforcement officers have been killed in traffic incidents. In many of those cases, the officers were pulled over on the side of the road and then hit by inattentive drivers – some of them at very high speed.
That is why there is a strict law in Oregon designed to protect the people we depend on to protect us.
The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) requires that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:
* MOVE OVER into another available lane.
* If you can’t safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the
posted or designated speed of the roadway.
* In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.
* If you are approaching the scene of a crash, keep an eye out for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions.