|Move over, slow down for emergency vehicles|
|Written by Submitted|
|Monday, January 28, 2013 9:12 PM|
State Police and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are
encouraging Hoosiers to keep in mind the safety of all first responder-
law enforcement, emergency medical services and firefighters - who are
making their way to the scene of an emergency.
In order to allow safe
passage on the roadways for emergency vehicles, other motorists must be
vigilant and adhere to Indiana’s Move Over Law.
“Indiana’s Move Over
Law not only protects emergency personnel, but allows them to focus on
the task at hand, which may be saving a life,” said IDHS Chief of Staff
Mike Garvey, an EMS professional. The agency oversees the certification
of EMS personnel and ambulance services.
This law requires drivers to
change lanes for specified emergency vehicles stopped on two or four
lane roadways with emergency lights flashing. This includes police cars,
ambulances, fire and rescue trucks, highway response vehicles, highway
maintenance vehicles, utility service vehicles and tow trucks. If the
driver cannot change lanes safely, they are required to reduce their
speed to 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit and proceed with
caution. Drivers should not stop in the roadway, as this may cause a
collision with other vehicles.
“Violating the Move Over Law can
result in a fine and your license may be suspended up to 2 years if you
cause damage to emergency equipment, injury or death to an emergency
worker,” said Capt. Dave Bursten with Indiana State Police.
addition to the Move Over Law, motorists should yield the right of way
to emergency vehicles that have emergency lights flashing by slowing
down and pulling over to the right side of the road if it is safe to do
so. Drivers should also give emergency vehicles plenty of room on the
road because they may need to stop quickly.
“Fire trucks with large
fire apparatus make it difficult for firefighters to see other vehicles
that are directly behind them,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim
Greeson. “Drivers should stay back a safe distance, and be aware that
the truck may come to a sudden halt.”
The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.