Police Officer Tragically Struck and Killed on Interstate 85 in Franklin County, Georgia (GA)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, GA- Wjbf.com writes that a police officer in Franklin County died in a tragic crash this week on Interstate 85. Reports indicate that the officer responded to the scene of a crash in the evening and was providing assistance to the individuals in the vehicle.*
A driver then lost control of his car, and it collided with the officer. The deputy died a short while later from the injuries he suffered in the crash.
The driver, identified as a 21-year-old man, is now facing charges for first-degree homicide by motor vehicle.
In Georgia, motorists are obligated to move over when they are traveling next to the shoulder, and emergency vehicles are present. The law is intended to protect the police officers, emergency medical personnel, Department of Transportation workers, and HERO units that respond to emergencies on the road in the state. Similar laws exist in about 30 states. Move Over legislation began as a response to the many tragic crashes involving emergency workers being struck by cars while working at the scene of earlier incidents.
Drivers in Georgia who neglect to follow the law can face fines of $500. Of course, the consequences of failing to move over can be far more serious in the event of a crash. Police officers are more often killed in traffic accidents than any other cause.
In cases where drivers are unable to move over a lane to provide space to responders, they still must slow down. The law recognizes that it might not always be safe or possible to change lanes. However, drivers still must slow and be ready to stop if necessary.
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