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Local law enforcement ticketing drivers who break move over law

We've all heard about the state's new move over law.

Now instead of just a warning, local and state police are handing out tickets.

There's a good reason for the state's move-over-law.

Ask any public safety official.

"Speaking from experience I've nearly been hit one time. A frightening situation for officers," says State Trooper Curtis Summerville.

Troopers began ticketing drivers last July, kicking off the state's move-over law.

Motorists must yield to the right-of-way when approaching emergency vehicles stopped with their flashing emergency lights activated .

Now, city and local law enforcement, instead of handing out warnings, are required to fine anyone who doesn't change lanes or slow down when they see blue lights ahead.

State Trooper Curtis Summerville says the law was created to keep officers and drivers safe.

"That law is there for a reason if you watch TV you see officers get it. They really get hurt," says Summerville.

The move-over law is included with other traffic violations police will be cracking down on this holiday period.

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