National “Move Over” Public Awareness Campaign

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A new partnership between traffic safety and law enforcement is trying to lessen dangers to law enforcement and bring the traffic safety issues to light in June for National Move Over Awareness Month. “Move Over, America” is a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along U.S. roadsides.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more law enforcement officers in the United States died in traffic-related incidents than from any other single cause of death, including gunfire, for 14 of the last 15 years..  Automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and officers being struck by other vehicles all represent significant dangers on the road.

Two Year Comparison – Traffic-Related Fatalities
 

According to its”Move Over, America’s” website, the campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about “move over” laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public. 

Wisconsin is among 43 states that have passed “move over” laws, which require motorists to move over and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides. A motorist can face license suspension for 15 days or a $40 fine for violating this law in Wisconsin.

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