Arizona DOT - "Move over"
Statewide campaign launched to help prevent deadly roadside accidents
Reporter: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Its an Arizona law that's been in place for almost ten years -- if you see flashing lights, move left and slow down, but motorists don't seem to be catching on. Now, police in Arizona are stepping up their game.
A commercial by the Arizona Department of Transportation is just one of the ways the agency is trying to remind drivers whenever you see any vehicle with flashing lights, you are required to move left and slow down.
Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg says as an emergency responder, working on the road is one of the most dangerous parts of the job.
"It is very hazardous, we have some very specific policies and procedures that we take to ensure safety in how we position our apparatus, how we block extra lanes," said Goldberg.
Its not just police and fire vehicles the law was written for. Drivers must pull left for any stopped vehicle with flashing lights and one man with most experience than most of us agrees with the law
"Even if you put your triangles out and everything else so everybody can be aware that you are broken down, it is dangerous and you have to watch what you are doing," said a truck driver in Tucson that went by the name of John.
The stats don't lie. Nationwide, an average of one law enforcement officer and 23 highway workers are killed each month by drivers that don't move over and slow down.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says enforcement is tough, but officers are being more vigilant for drivers ignoring the law while on the roads.