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Troopers remind drivers to 'move over' after tragic accident

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Whenever unexpected scenes, such as accidents or stalled vehicles happen on the highway, the potential for further accident or injury goes up as drivers become distracted. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Whenever unexpected scenes, such as accidents or stalled vehicles happen on the highway, the potential for further accident or injury goes up as drivers become distracted. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
KSP Trooper Brad Arterburn (Source: WAVE 3 News) KSP Trooper Brad Arterburn (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Indiana State Police Cpl. Steve Didat (Source: WAVE 3 News) Indiana State Police Cpl. Steve Didat (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Whenever unexpected scenes, such as accidents or stalled vehicles happen on the highway, the potential for further accident or injury goes up as drivers become distracted.

That's exactly why Kentucky and Indiana have "Move Over" laws.

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Drivers in both states are required to move over to an adjacent lane if they encounter any type of emergency vehicle stopped in the lane next to them with their emergency lights on.

However, law enforcement cautions all drivers to switch lanes, when possible, if there's any vehicle stalled or parked on the side of the road.

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"It's just the best thing to do, move over. Even though it's technically not the law that you have to move over for everyone," said Trooper Brad Arterburn of Kentucky State Police Post 5.

In Indiana the law also includes utility service vehicles.

"Anyone with orange flashing lights, like tow trucks or service vehicles, should get the same respect. Really, drivers should get over for anyone who's stranded or parked there. It's just the safe thing to do, but it's the law for emergency and utility vehicles," Indiana State Police Cpl. Steve Didat said.

The purpose of this law is to protect the emergency and highway personnel who serve the public.

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