BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Drivers will be getting a reminder about a state law designed to keep our highways safer.
State Police and transportation officials will start installing signs that read "Move Over for Emergency Vehicle." The state's "Move Over" law which has been in effect for a number of years requires drivers approaching any stopped vehicle on or near the highway to yield the right of way by making a lane change away from the vehicle. If that's not possible, drivers are required to slow down to a safe speed before passing the stopped vehicle. This also applies to emergency vehicles and first responders such police, ambulance, and fire and rescue crews.
"I am very happy to see the installation of these signs," said DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas. "They will be a constant reminder to motorists on proper driving etiquette when encountering emergency vehicles on the roadway, and most importantly it will help keep our emergency vehicle personnel safe."
Statistics show that since traffic-related incidents involving law enforcement officers have increased by 33 percent since last year.
The signs will be placed along major travel routes and state line crossings. Drivers who violate the law are subject to fines up to $200.