The Kentucky State Police (KSP) has joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for enforcement of the ‘Move Over’ law this week. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include KSP, Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Michigan State Police, and the West Virginia State Police.
Kentucky’s ‘Move Over’ law is designed to make the roads safe for people who work in law enforcement, emergency services and public safety.
“We are partnering with other state police agencies targeting ‘Move Over’ law violations,” said Master Trooper Billy Gregory, Kentucky State Police spokesman. “Our goal is to reduce the number of senseless tragedies that occur because a motorist did not provide the necessary and required room for law enforcement and emergency service personnel while they work alongside our roadways.”
Kentucky passed a law* in 2003 requiring motorists to move to the adjacent lane when approaching an emergency or public safety vehicle. If it’s impossible or unsafe to change lanes, motorists must slow down and use caution. State police say failure to comply can result in fines, jail time or both.
Gregory said that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is supporting the enforcement effort by utilizing digital message boards over interstates across the Commonwealth, that are displaying ‘Move Over’ messaging. The enforcement campaign will extend through the weekend.
*Link to KRS 189.930: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=6470