KSP Asking Motorists to Move Over
Date of News Release: 09/05/2015
(Frankfort, KY) - Troopers at Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort, KY are asking motorists to move over this 2015 Labor Day weekend for emergency vehicles on the side of the roadways with flashing lights on. Law Enforcement across the state have increased patrols as they focus their attention on aggressive, distracted, and impaired driving during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. As motorists approach these stopped vehicles, they are asked to slow down and pull into the furthest lane away from the vehicle as is safely possible.
The photo is from a two vehicle collision in which a Kentucky State Trooper had stopped on the shoulder of I-75 in Fayette County to assist a stranded motorist. Even with the Trooper's emergency lights flashing, an operator failed to yield to the Trooper and struck the Trooper's vehicle. Both the Trooper and the operator of the other vehicle were injured in the collision. A pedestrian was also struck and thrown several feet, but was uninjured. The photo is an example why laws exists in all 50 states requiring motorists to move over to an adjacent lane, or slow down for emergency services vehicles with lights activated.
Failing to move over for actively stopped emergency vehicles in Kentucky is an arrestable offense and can accrue four points on your operator's license as well as incur hefty fines and court costs if convicted.