By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Very few Americans know about the Move Over Law. Even less know just how important this law is to obey. The Move Over Law is effective in 48 states; all states except Hawaii and D.C. The website dedicated to raising awareness of the Move Over Law, states that, “‘Move Over America’ is the national effort to make drivers aware of “Move Over” laws, which require motorists to “Move Over” and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides. Equally important is the action of creating attention in those States where there is no such law at present.”
In 2009 ten officers were struck and killed by vehicles, in 2008 there were 18, and since 1999, more than 150 officers have been struck and killed by vehicles.
In Florida, statute 316.126 section b states, “When an authorized emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked or a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe: 1. Shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker when driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle or wrecker, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed as provided in subparagraph 2. Shall slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at 5 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, when driving on a two-lane road, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. 3. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall provide an educational awareness campaign informing the motoring public about the Move Over Act. The department shall provide information about the Move Over Act in all newly printed driver’s license educational materials after July 1, 2002.”
In Madison and Jefferson County the cost for an infraction of this law is $161.00. In Taylor County the cost is $151.00. In Leon County the price is $166.00 in the county, and it increases to $173.00 if you’re within city limits. In the surrounding counties of Georgia the prices are as follows: Lowndes County, $500.00; Thomas County, $97.00 and Brooks County is over $500.00.
Madison Police Department Investigator, Ben Ebberson stated of the Move Over Law, “One of the reasons it is there is because more officers are killed by traffic crashes than anything else. Twenty-two percent of all injury related deaths in officers are accounted for by officers being struck by vehicles. It’s an overwhelming issue to have people slow down and move over, because officers are dealing with potential dangerous situations with the traffic violator, and it is hard to divide their focus between the traffic violation and oncoming traffic as well.”
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By Kristin Finney
By Fran Hunt
Special to Greene Publishing, Inc.
Four Monticello residents, including two children, were injured in a two-vehicle crash west of Greenville Tuesday night.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tametra Crumity, 28, of Monticello, was driving a 2003 Ford SUV, traveling west on US-90 west of Greenville, at 10:30 p.m. February 22. In the front seat as a passenger was Michael Crumity, 29, of Monticello and as passengers in the back were a three-year old and nine-year-old child, both from Monticello.
Terrivo Hobbs, 30, of Thomasville, Ga., was driving a 2000 Plymouth four-door, traveling east on US-90.
For unknown reasons, Crumity, ran off the roadway, entering the north shoulder. She aggressively steered to the left and the vehicle began a counterclockwise rotation as it crossed both lanes of travel. Terrivo’s vehicle struck Crumity’s vehicle with the front of the Plymouth.
The SUV was struck on its right side and Terrivo’s vehicle rotated in a clockwise direction, coming to a rest facing south, partially in the east travel lane and on the south grassy shouder.
Crumity’s vehicle rolled over Terrivo’s vehicle, coming to a rest on its right side, facing east in a ditch on the south side of the road.
The two adult Crumitys were seriously injured, as was the three-year old. The nine year old sustained minor injuries. All four were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Terrivo was seriously injured and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
All five involved were wearing seatbelts.
Crumity’s vehicle sustained $9,500 in damage and Terrivo’s vehicle sustained $4,800 in damage.
Charges in the crash are pending further investigation. FHP did not deem the crash to be alcohol-related.
Assisting FHP on the scene were Madison Fire and Rescue, Madison County EMS and deputies of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.