FRANKFORT, KY -Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller unveiled a new highway sign today designed to better protect law enforcement and emergency service personnel who work along the state’s roadways.
"Traffic deaths are a serious problem facing the Commonwealth. It’s a problem our troopers deal with on a daily basis," said Miller. "It’s a tragic fact that many, if not most, of these fatalities are avoidable."
"With this in mind, I want to call attention to a law that many Kentucky motorists may not be aware of," he added
KRS 189.930, the "Move-Over" law, enacted in July of 2000 and revised in June 24, 2003, is a law designed to protect police officers and other emergency workers stopped alongside the highway. It requires motorists to approach with caution when an emergency vehicle is stopped with its lights flashing.
Motorists must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they are traveling on a multi-lane highway and can do so safely. If drivers can’t change lanes safely or are traveling on a two-lane highway, they must slow down while maintaining a safe speed so as not to impede other traffic.
Motorists violating this law face fines from $60 to $500 or jail sentences of up to 30 days, or both.
"I have some numbers here to give you an idea of how important this law is," Miller noted. "From 1993 to 2002, 111 officers in the U.S. died after being struck by a vehicle.This represents 16.3 percent of all officer deaths. Out of the 111 killed, six were Kentucky officers.
To help remind motorists about this law, the Transportation Cabinet will be installing approximately 100 "Move Over" signs throughout the state. These signs will be placed at state-line crossings and at intervals on major roadways such as interstates and parkways.
The signs should be in place by spring of 2005.
"I’m sure that I can speak for all law enforcement officers in the state when I say that these signs will be a welcome addition that will improve the safety of law enforcement and other emergency personnel who work inches away from dangerous traffic on a daily basis," said Miller.
"We very much appreciate the traveling public’s assistance in this endeavor and the partnership of the Transportation Cabinet in making these new "Move Over" signs a part of our highway system. These signs and their important message will help keep all of our law enforcement and other emergency personnel safe as they do their best to make the highways safe for everyone," he added.