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Aug. 19, 2011

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New “Move Over” signs appear along south central, southwestern Minnesota highways
Signs re-enforce safety for emergency responders, highway workers

 

MANKATO, Minn. -- Motorists in south central and southwestern Minnesota will start seeing black and white “Move Over” signs on I-90 and Hwys 14, 60 and 169.

 

The signs were recently installed to remind drivers of the Ted Foss “Move Over” law, which requires drivers on multilane highways to move one lane away from emergency and roadwork vehicles on the road or shoulder, or reduce their speed if they are unable to safely move over one lane. The law was named in honor of Minnesota State Patrol Officer Ted Foss, who was killed Aug. 31, 2000, by an errant driver on I-90 in Winona County.

 

“By erecting the ‘Move Over’ signs this August, we are honoring those who have died while helping to reduce a significant danger to troopers, MnDOT workers and all who work on the roadside,” said Capt. Lori Betterton-Hodapp, MSP.

 

The law was expanded in 2008 to include highway workers as they often share a similar peril working on the state’s busiest roads. As recent as last summer, a local MnDOT worker was hit by an inattentive motorist on the Highway 22 bridge near St. Peter while moving cones for traffic control. Many others also have experienced closed calls. 

 

“Law enforcement, emergency responders and road workers literally put their lives on the line to keep roads safe for the motoring public,” said MnDOT District 7 Engineer Jim Swanson. “We have installed 10 signs on our busiest four-lane roads to remind motorists of the importance of this law.”

 

The signs say: “State Law Move Over for Stopped Emergency & Maintenance Vehicles.”

 

It is the responsibility of motorists to pay attention to ensure the safety of those performing what are often life-saving duties on state highways, according to MSP. A “Move Over” citation can cost more than $100.

 

The “Move Over” enforcement and education campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths initiative—a multi-agency effort to create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the integrated application of education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services.

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