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Thursday, November 15, 2007

National Safety Commission Applauds "Move Over" Effort by AAA and NASCAR

Sponsor of Previous "Move Over, America" Campaign Praises Efforts by AAA and Others to Educate Drivers and Protect Officers on Roadways

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Safety Commission praised an upcoming effort this week by AAA, first responders and NASCAR driver David Ragan to educate Americans about "Move Over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.

"I applaud AAA and NASCAR for this effort to help protect the officers who put their lives on the line every day," said Ken Underwood, president of the National Safety Commission. "We welcome these organizations to join us, the National Sheriff's Association and the National Association of Police Organizations in our ongoing, nationwide 'Move Over, America' campaign to educate the public and help drivers to understand and obey these important laws."

"Move Over" laws require motorists to "Move Over" and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides. If drivers can't change lanes or are driving on a two-lane road, they must slow down at least 20 m.p.h. under the posted speed limit. If drivers do not move over or slow down, officers can and do write citations.

To learn more about "Move Over" laws and to view a television public service announcement that has aired on broadcast stations across the country, please visit

More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Yet according to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission:
  • 71 percent of Americans have not heard of "Move Over" laws;
  • 86 percent support enacting "Move Over" laws in all 50 states; and
  • 90 percent believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders.
The poll was conducted among 625 registered voters from June 23-25. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

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