The Arvada Police, Colorado State Patrol and Thornton Police have joined forces with other police agencies to help remind Colorado Drivers to “Move Over”.
The Move Over Law, enacted in 2005, requires drivers to move over one lane when there’s an emergency situation along the shoulder. If the driver can’t move over, they must slow down significantly to avoid an accident.
“Although the law has been in effect for seven years, many drivers are not aware of it,” said Traffic Sergeant Kelly Sheehan of the Arvada Police Department. “With so many distractions on our roadways, we want to remind residents of this law to keep our officers safe while doing their job.”
Working together, the Arvada Police sent a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to area radio stations. These PSAs cite other things that came into existence in 2005 such as Youtube, Xbox and Facebook. And while almost everyone is aware of them, none can save a life the way the Move Over Law can.
Between 2003 and 2011, a public safety officer was killed every month on our nation’s roadways. This statistic hits close to home for the officers in Arvada. One of their officers, W. Michael Northey, was killed in 1974 when he was pulled over on the side of the road during a routine traffic stop and struck by a passing motorist.
The Thornton and Arvada police, along with the Colorado State Patrol, hope that by working together they can get drivers to safely move over one lane or slow down when approaching emergency and public safety vehicles on the side of the roadway.
“The Move Over Law was enacted to save lives and prevent tragedies. We want Colorado to be a safe place for everyone using our roadways, motorists, highway workers and emergency personal alike,” said Thornton Police Traffic Unit Sgt. Matt Cabot.
"One of the most dangerous and deadly scenarios for law enforcement is the traffic stop," said Colonel James Wofinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "We are encouraging every motorist to move over or slow down if they can't move away from emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road." "This law also applies to tow carriers and slow-moving maintenance, repair or construction vehicles, so please do your part in making our highways safer for everyone."
About Arvada Police
The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication and respect. Learn more by visiting www.arvadapd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.