Move-over laws not being taken seriously?

The Boston Herald recently reported that more than 1,600 Bay State motorists cited for breaking the highly touted move-over law – and jeopardizing the lives of state and local cops – have beat the reckless driving rap in court despite aggressive ticketing efforts by cops.

The shocking new numbers come after two troopers were struck by holiday motorists over the July 4th weekend and two weeks after state police Sgt. Douglas Weddleton was killed by an alleged drunken driver.

“It’s not taken seriously by the courts and maybe it’s not being respected by the public and it’s my troopers and emergency workers who are at risk,” said Rick Brown, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts.

State courts have broomed 43 percent of all move-over law citations since the measure went into effect in March 2009, figures show.

Officers have handed out 3,792 citations as of March, RMV figures show. Of those citations, 40 percent or 1,509 drivers have been found responsible and paid the $100 fine, while 1,613 drivers beat the ticket, figures show. The remaining 680 citations were entered as defaults or are still pending before the court, the RMV said.

New Jersey cops have handed out 542 move-over citations since 2009, a Motor Vehicles Commission spokesman said. The courts closed 440 of those cases, issuing guilty findings 65 percent of the time.

The law requires motorists to slow down and, if possible, move to the left when approaching stationary emergency vehicles. State transportation figures show there have been 46 fatalities near or in work sites from 2002 to 2008.

Do you think similar laws in your community are being taken seriously?

One thought on “Move-over laws not being taken seriously?”

  1. Why are these tickets being thrown out or the driver being found not guilty? I’d like to some some of the statistics or hear from officer who have lost these in court.

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