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Deputy-involved wreck highlights importance of move-over law

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The deputy was struck by a car driving past at a high rate of speed. The deputy was struck by a car driving past at a high rate of speed.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

An early morning accident that sent a deputy to the hospital is putting a spotlight on the state's move-over law. It requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down in order to keep emergency responders safe while on the job.

"Not only for the safety of the officers," said Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville. "If we are making a traffic stop, other people are involved."

In the last 5 years, law enforcement agencies have been steadily giving more and more citations for breaking this law. Already in 2013, more people have been given tickets than in all of 2009, according to the Department of Public Safety and the Uniform Traffic Citation Statistics.

  • 2009 as of 12/31/10: 662
  • 2010 as of 12/31/2011: 1,083
  • 2011 as of 12/31/2012: 1,378
  • 2012 as of 9/30/2013: 1,471
  • 2013 as of 9/30/2013: 785

"We do stress this law; we do enforce this law," said Summerville. "You can be cited, given a citation for this law, which will affect your driving record."

Those tickets will add up. Your first one will be $25, the second is $50, and the third will put you back $100. Not to mention -- not changing lanes could put you or someone else in the hospital.

The move-over law also applies to garbage and recycling trucks, as well as wreckers.

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