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National Move Over Awareness Month Set For June

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jun. 19, 2014 10:50 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 11:21 AM EDT
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Having a career in law enforcement can be a dangerous job, especially for those officers patrolling the highways.

A new partnership of traffic safety and law enforcement is trying to lessen that danger and bring the issue to light in June for National Move Over Awareness Month.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said more than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles. "Move Over, America" is a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along U.S. roadsides and lower that deadly toll of officers.

According to its website, the campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about "move over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.

West Virginia is among the 43 states that have passed “move over” laws, which require motorists to move over and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides. A motorist can face up to 60 days in jail or a $500 fine for violating this law in West Virginia.



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