BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – To bring awareness to Louisiana’s “Move Over” law, local firefighters are promoting “Crash Responder Safety Week.” In fact, the U.S Fire Administration says last year, 65 emergency responders were struck and killed while assisting others on roadways and a number of others were injured.
For those who don’t know, the “Move-Over” law is an order that protects the first responding crew, active scenes, and citizens.
The law reads, “Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals… the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way.”
“There are times where – while they’re saving others or risking their lives to save others other accidents can happen by the distracted drivers,” said Curt Monte, Public Information officer to the Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD).
BRFD says the first thing you should do when you hear sirens is slow down. If it’s safe to do so, the driver should switch lanes.
“Allowing that emergency vehicle to be able to pass and get to its destination in a timely manner. Because we all know in an emergency, time counts,” said Monte.
Although Louisiana has a “Move-Over” law, one Baton Rouge resident says concerns about his safety on the roadways remain.
“I’ve been to other states and I know it’s been required by them and I see them do it. But out here, a lot of times people just keep moving,” said Telfry Gains, Baton Rouge Resident.
According to the State of Louisiana, drivers caught violating the law will be subject to a fine of up to $200 dollars.
“We ask that the public do their part by understanding the law and obeying it when we’re in those situations,” said Monte.
The “Move-Over” law has been in effect in Louisiana since 2008. The “Move Over America” campaign was founded in 2007 with the purpose to inform Americans about Move Over legislation in their states.
Most states in America have similar laws and penalties.