Troopers Say "Move Over" For Safety

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

It's been a law in Colorado for almost a year, but State Troopers say, most drivers are still not yielding to stationary emergency vehicles.
From a crash site on I-25 Tuesday, Colorado State Trooper David Conway said his job becomes even more dangerous when drivers do not yeild to the farthest lane from where he is stopped.
"They (drivers) are all traveling about 75 miles per hour here," said Conway. "They're totally disregarding those emergency lights and what we're doing here today."
What they do everyday-- a tough enough job without fearing for their own safety, but Trooper Conway says that's not the only reason to yield.
"We can open up the road sooner, we can clear congestion sooner and we can all go home alive which is very important to all of us."
But if troopers are busy at the scene, how can they catch a violator? With something they call "Leapfrogging." Troopers use scanners to find out where emergency vehicles have responded. They then approach the scene slowly and watch for anyone who doesn't move into the far lane, then pull them over as soon as they fail to yield. The consequence? A ticket for $58.80 and a 4 point violation.
Besides yielding to the left-hand lane, if an emergency vehicle is stopped near the median, drivers must yield to the right-hand lane. If it's impossible to switch lanes, troopers say drivers must slow down considerably to avoid getting a ticket.


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