Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers urging drivers to obey move ov

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers urging drivers to obey move over law

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“If you can get over, you have to get over and if you can't get over, you must slow down a considerable amount of speed,” said Trooper Joe Lindsay. “If you can get over, you have to get over and if you can't get over, you must slow down a considerable amount of speed,” said Trooper Joe Lindsay.
We pulled up behind a Tennessee Department of Transportation help truck where Trooper Joe Lindsay assisted with traffic control. Car after car failed to move over. We pulled up behind a Tennessee Department of Transportation help truck where Trooper Joe Lindsay assisted with traffic control. Car after car failed to move over.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Chances are if you've been on social media lately you've seen #MoveOver. The social media campaign is designed to educate the public about the move over law.

This comes after a Nashville police officer was killed when he was struck by a motor home on Interstate 65. The officer was directing traffic Saturday morning when he was hit.

Previous story: Metro officer killed while directing traffic on I-65 near Brentwood

A trooper was also struck on a traffic stop last Thursday on I-24 in Montgomery County.

6 News rode along with Trooper Joey Lindsay, who was injured in a crash, to see first-hand how some drivers react when law enforcement officials are working on the side of the road.

We pulled up behind a Tennessee Department of Transportation help truck where Trooper Lindsay assisted with traffic control. Car after car failed to move over. Trooper Lindsay hopes a social media campaign causes more drivers to obey the law.

Lindsay has been with the Tennessee Highway patrol since 2007. He was doing traffic control for a tractor trailer fire on June 23, 2013 when he was hit by a tractor trailer. The driver failed to obey the move over law.

Previous story: Trooper speaks for first time since being hit by truck during traffic stop

“It has bothered me significantly mentally and physically ever since then. I'm still ongoing with some treatment for my neck,” said Trooper Lindsay.

The crash left Lindsay with a fractured vertebra, a pinched nerve, an injured arm and broken ribs. After months of recovery, Trooper Lindsay is back at work, enforcing the rules of the road.

The impact of the crash is fresh in his mind.

“You're standing on the side of the roadway and people sometime blatantly disobey the law. It's kind of scary because I could be struck again,” said Trooper Lindsay.

On Twitter you can find photos with #MoveOver. The goal is to make all drivers aware of the law.

“If you can get over, you have to get over and if you can't get over, you must slow down a considerable amount of speed,” said Lindsay.

Trooper Lindsay says drivers need to be alert and pay attention to law enforcement and emergency responders on the roadways, slow down, and make a plan to get over and into the other lane. It’s something many drivers on I-40 were not doing.

Trooper Lindsay spotted car after car that had ample space to get over but didn’t. He also saw many drivers not slow down or even give any effort to make a plan to get over a lane.

According to THP, since 2000, three troopers have been killed by drivers failing to move over. The troopers killed were Lynn Ross, John Mann and Todd Larkins. The move over law went into effect in 2006.

“The whole purpose of the move over law is to bring safety to those who are at roadside,” said Trooper Lindsay.

If you fail to obey the law you may get cited. Trooper Lindsay says the fine is up to $500 for the first offense.

THP is encouraging people to go to social media and use word of mouth to educate others about the move over law. Trooper Lindsay says when some people are pulled over for being in violation they claim to be unaware of the law.

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