'Move Over for Cody' Law goes into effect, creates stiffer penalties for careless drivers

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (KKTV) - A new law is in effect, creating stiffer penalties for drivers who endanger first responders and stationary vehicles on Colorado roads.

It's called the "Move Over for Cody" law, named after state Trooper Cody Donahue.

Donahue was killed last November while investigating a crash on I-25 near Castle Rock. He was hit by a passing food truck that failed to yield.

Colorado State Patrol has been hit hard by loss in recent years. State Trooper Jamie Jursevics was killed a year before Donahue, just 3 miles away from where he died. She was also investigating an accident on I-25. Other troopers have been killed or injured in similar incidents over the last few years.

Under the new law, drivers should move over a lane and yield to any stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks and public utility vehicles.

"Hopefully people will actually pay attention to the laws and just move over when they need to. It's just a common sense thing that a lot of people need to pay attention to,” said driver Anthony Reed.

If you don't follow the new law, it's no longer a traffic offense. It's a class 1 misdemeanor if you cause bodily harm to someone and a class 6 felony if you cause someone's death.