Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy discusses importance of Move Over laws

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – In an effort to drive home the point of moving over when an emergency vehicle is pulled over to the side of the road, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy shows the public how important it is to move over.

Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers protect and serve by putting their lives at risk.

One of the most dangerous parts of the job is stepping out on the side of the road to assist a motorist, perform a traffic stop or investigate a crash.

Since 2017, there have been 188 law enforcement officers killed in traffic-related incidents.

Between 2006 and 2017, an average of one law enforcement officer was killed during a traffic-related incident each week which is why every state has “Move Over” laws that require drivers to move over into another lane and/or slow down when approaching emergency vehicles with emergency lights activated.

Virginia’s “Move Over” law was established in 2002 and amended in 2019 to strengthen the penalty for violating the law.

The Bedford County Deputy involved in a crash will speak at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the importance of the Move Over law.

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