According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic incidents are the number one cause of death for police officers and EMS responders nationwide. Each year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, EMS, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding to traffic incidents.
There were more than 7.2 million police-reported traffic crashes in the United States in 2016, up from more than 6.2 million in 2015, according to NHTSA. From 2010 to 2016, the number of police reported traffic crashes increased by 1.8 million.
Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and emergency vehicles when the vehicle’s lights are displayed. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the stationary vehicles. Missouri’s law was recently expanded to include utility vehicles displaying amber or amber and white lights.
Excerpts from an email sent to the Village office from the MoDOT dated 9 November 2018.
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