Officials promote 'move over' law during Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Drivers who see flashing lights from an emergency vehicle on the side of the road are reminded to move over.

A host of state officials and law enforcement agencies held a news conference Monday to promote the Louisiana's "move over" law.

The law requires drivers to change lanes, if possible, or at least slow down when emergency vehicles are on the side of a highway.

It is an attempt to help keep first responders safe while on the roadways and violators can face a fine up to $200.

"This is a simple law. Simple. Just a second thought will save a life and make sure these guys get home safe at night and make sure we all get home safe at night. Cause you never know when that flat tire is going to happen," said Chief Barry Bonner with the Sterlington Police Department.

The press conference Monday was part of Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week.

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