Picture of Damaged Police Cruiser Serves to Remind Drivers to Move Over When Police Present
SANDY SPRINGS, GA – June 18, 2018 (foxnews.com). According to an online news report at foxnews.com, the Sandy Springs Police Department is sending a stark reminder to drivers to move over when police and other emergency personnel are present in the roadway.*
Per a Facebook post by the Sandy Springs Police Department, “in case you need a visual, [the Facebook photo the department shared of a damaged police cruiser] is a reminder of why we ask motorists to move over an extra lane when we are working on the highway.”
The accident behind the photo occurred when an officer was away from the vehicle while rendering assistance to a driver who was hit by another vehicle. According to the Sandy Springs Police Department, the accident involving the damaged police cruiser occurred on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m.
The driver who hit the squad car was taken to an area hospital. The officer whose vehicle was struck was away from the vehicle and was not harmed in the accident. The driver, thirty year old Yekaterina Curry was charged with driving under the influence, habitual offender, failure to maintain lane and also, violating Georgia’s move over law.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety,
“The Georgia Move Over Law requires drivers to move-over one lane when possible if an emergency vehicle with flashing lights is parked on the shoulder of the highway,” the website provides. “And if traffic is too heavy to move-over safely, the law requires drivers to slow down below the posted speed limit instead AND to be prepared to stop. The Move Over Law was passed in the aftermath of growing numbers of police, emergency technicians and DOT workers being killed during routine traffic stops, crash responses and highway construction projects around the nation. Right now, more than thirty states have Move Over Laws on the books, with fines that range as high as a thousand dollars or more in some jurisdictions. The Move Over fine in Georgia can be up to $500.”
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