Special Enforcement to take place the week of July 17
ARVADA, CO July 14, 2016– The Arvada Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Golden Police, Colorado State Patrol, Wheat Ridge Police and Jefferson County District Attorney have teamed up to remind Coloradoans to “Move Over” for emergency vehicles.
The Move Over Law, enacted in 2005, requires drivers to move over one lane when there are emergency lights on the side of the road. This includes police, firefighters, paramedics, tow trucks and construction vehicles. If the driver can’t move over, they must slow down significantly to avoid an accident.
“Although the law has been in effect for more than ten years, many drivers are still not aware of it,” said Officer Dan Ames 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 law enforcement agencies have created a series of social media posts to remind people of the law. They have also created a series of public service announcements that 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. These agencies will also be out during the week of July 17 doing special enforcement of the Move Over Law.
Automobile accidents remain one of the leading causes of death to police officers. This statistic hits close to home for Arvada. One of their officers, W. Michael Northey, was killed in 1979 when he was pulled over on the side of the road during a routine traffic stop and struck by a passing motorist.
“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 Officers Ames.
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.
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