Opinion: Obey move-over law, protect law enforcement, first responders

  • Source: Fairbanks News-Miner
  • Published: 11/29/2018 02:20 AM

Alaska has a “move-over law” requiring drivers to give a breadth of safety when they pass emergency service vehicles, and it would behoove you to follow it. With the snow accumulating and the darkness growing, it’s a good time for a friendly reminder that obeying this move-over law could prevent a tragedy. Drivers will, most often, see police or Alaska State Troopers having pulled another driver over issuing a ticket or conducting a sobriety test. This can be a precarious situation for a law enforcement officer. There’s no need to add risk to the officer’s or trooper’s already risky job. Snow can sometimes choke shoulders of roads and highways, exposing law enforcement officers to further risk as they conduct their job. You might also find firefighters, first responders, tow truck drivers or animal control officers conducting official business on the shoulder of the road, too. The law applies when these are working with their flashers on, too.


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