November 24, 2017

Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies to Enforce “Move Over” Law

Saturday, Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue was formally dedicated at the 29th annual candlelight vigil held for fallen law enforcement officers on the National Mall in Washington D.C. On Thursday, May 18, officers around the state will enforce the operation inspired by Trooper Donahue’s senseless death, Operation 1 Charlie 3 (1C3).
The Teller County Sheriff’s Office will again join 26 Colorado law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct Operation 1C3-“Move Over” campaign on May 18th, 2017. This operation is aimed to educate motorists of the law as well as enforce the laws importance for the safety of law enforcement, roadside workers and drivers.
Named after Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 after being struck by a commercial truck that failed to move over for a stationary emergency vehicle, Operation 1C3 – ‘Move Over’ is a traffic operational effort that brings together law enforcement agencies statewide to help educate drivers and enforce moving over for a stationary emergency vehicle.
The “Move-Over” law requires motorists to move over one lane to provide a safety buffer for emergency vehicles that are on the side of the highway or road. If moving over a lane is not possible, the law required drivers to greatly reduce their speed when approaching an emergency vehicle.
In the April state-wide iteration of this operation, nearly 480 Colorado motorists violated the “Move-Over” law – and law enforcement agencies hope to continue to reduce this number of violations as they increase awareness on the importance of this law.
To increase safety to the motoring public, motorists should continue to be diligent and aware of emergency vehicles at all times, doing so will help save lives. Additional “Move-Over” campaign days will take place throughout the
summer months.
Special thanks to CDOT for helping keep drivers informed with the video message boards.
If you have any questions, please contact Teller County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Commander Mark Morlock at (719) 687-9652 or morlockm@co.teller.co.us

Source: Commander Mark Morlock
ERT / Operations / Professional Standards
Teller County Sheriff’s Office

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