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LSP reminds drivers to move over for emergency vehicles

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Trooper Brett Davis with LSP wants to remind drivers it's the law to move over for emergency vehicles. Trooper Brett Davis with LSP wants to remind drivers it's the law to move over for emergency vehicles.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Troopers with Louisiana State Police want drivers to know it's required by law to move over for emergency vehicles on roadways, highways and interstate systems.

"People aren't paying attention to the emergency lights on top of our vehicles and are not moving over on multi-lane highways," Trooper Brett Davis said.

Davis said drivers aren't slowing down or yielding to emergency vehicles, and it's a growing problem.

"They're not moving over to the edge of the roadway as possible and stopping," he said. "I think some people just don't know the law or think it's a courtesy."

But it's not just a courtesy.

The law states, "Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals... the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such a position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed."

The law also states that drivers traveling on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes, make a lane change. If a lane change is not possible, the driver should slow to a safe speed when passing.

"It's dangerous," Davis said. "You come by and rock our vehicle and never even see it, so yeah, it's a dangerous thing."

Davis said it's important to obey this law because a lot of police officers and emergency personnel have gotten injured or run over because drivers aren't paying attention, and sometimes don't even know the law.

"We want to try to get it out before we have to start really really writing tickets for it, I mean, if you think about it, it's just, it's a safe thing to do period. You know, just give these officers some courtesy and move over," Davis said.

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