Law enforcement encourages Idaho drivers to move over

Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 20:46:51-05

Idaho drivers are being reminded to “move over” when they see emergency personnel or police officers alongside the road.Law enforcement officials across Idaho held a news conference Thursday to remind drivers that it’s a violation of state law now to change lanes when they see first responders tending to traffic stops or emergency situations on the shoulders of highways.

Sgt. Erik Tiner with the Boise Police Department said at least a dozen officers were struck and killed on the side of roadways  last year -- a 50 percent increase from the year before.

"I'm very hesitant about going out onto the freeways and doing enforcement because the speeds of the vehicles are pretty high," Tiner said. "When vehicles are going by at 60 or 70 miles per hour within a few feet of you, it’s pretty scary."

Violators risk a $90 fine if they are stopped and cited for not moving over.