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State police cracking down, to make drivers ‘move over’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – First responders want drivers to know It’s officially “Move Over Week” in Indiana.

State and local police are looking for anyone who doesn’t follow the “Move Over” law, which requires you to change lanes near emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

According to state law, if you can’t change lanes, you’re supposed to slow down by at least 10 miles per hour below the speed limit.

From April 14 through April 20, 2019, Indiana State Police will be out in full force to make sure drivers are following that law.

As part of a joint “Move Over Law” traffic enforcement project, Indiana will be working with our six state trooper law enforcement partners in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia during the week.

During this time, drivers can expect to see some extra troopers on the highways looking to stop distracted drivers.

According stats from ISP,  there have been nine crashes with police vehicles through April 1, 2019.
That’s only two less from the total from the entire year 2018.

They also say 10 state trooper vehicles have been hit without being in motion.
That total is only one away from 2018’s mark.

ISP says the goal is not to give out a bunch of tickets during the wee, but to use the extra enforcement to spread awareness and keep emergency responders safe.

Here’s a short list of some of the distracted driving violations police will be looking out for during this week: 

  • Speeding
  • Following another driver too close
  • Drifting from lane to lane  
  • Failing to signal turns or lane changes.

For more information on the “Move Over Law,” click here.