Hastings & Hastings Reaffirms the Importance of Arizona's Move Over Law
In 2005, Arizona became one of the first states in the nation to implement a Move Over Law, a piece of legislation that would eventually become ubiquitous. Today, every state has implemented a Move Over Law with only Washington D.C. holding out. Hastings & Hastings reaffirms the importance of Arizona's Move Over Law and hopes to educate those who are unaware of the importance and the specifics of the law.
Phoenix, AZ, February 8, 2016 (Newswire.com) - The Move Over Law was designed to protect law enforcement officials and emergency personnel. Unfortunately, one of the most routine parts of law enforcement, making traffic stops, can also be one of the most dangerous. This is especially true on the highways where stopped vehicles are parked just feet away from traffic. Often the shoulder is narrow and there may be little room for officers or emergency personnel to navigate.
The danger is real. Since 1999, over 213 officers nationwide have been hit and killed while performing routine traffic stops. Move Over Laws have been designed to prevent these tragic accidents.
“I think Arizona’s Move Over Law is extremely important. Our law enforcement officials are dedicated and hardworking public servants. The put their lives on the line and work tirelessly to protect us. Any law that can help them stay safe sounds like a good idea to me. Let’s remember how important the Move Over Law really is,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.
Hastings & Hastings explains how the law works: if drivers approach a stopped law enforcement official or emergency worker they are obliged to leave one open lane of traffic between them and the stopped individuals. This means merging away from the shoulder in which the law enforcement officers are stopped. If changing lanes would be hazardous or unsafe, drivers are to proceed forward in a safe and cautious matter.
Hastings & Hastings implores drivers to stay safe and drive cautiously. Hastings & Hastings believes that through everyone working together, lives can be saved. Fallen officers pay the high costs for traffic safety. It is time to drive that cost down.
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