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Drivers Ignore South Dakota Move Over Law



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South Dakota's Move Over Law, turns ten years old at the end of this month. It is designed to save lives, by giving law enforcement and emergency workers a barrier of safety when they are parked on the shoulder of a road. But many drivers appear to be unaware of the law. We saw it first hand, as we went along for a ride with a troppr with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

We hit the road in one of the newer the specially equipped Dodge Chargers. Just outside a construction area, Trooper Alfredo Renteria makes a traffic stop. A couple from Iowa on their way back from the Black Hills. The driver hit 80 coming out of the construction zone.

"We get a lot of drivers as soon as they come out of that construction zone they forget that its not 75 still, and they just keep going extremely fast coming out of there" said Renteria

Renteria issued a speeding ticket and sent her on her way. As we sat on the side of the interstate, it became clear that many drivers don't know about the Move Over Law enacted 10 years ago.
At 75 MPH, car after car screamed by, so close, the air pressure rocked the cruiser.     
The move over law is designed to protect not only the troopers, but ambulance drivers, tow truck operators and drivers with mechanical problems.

On the interstate, when drivers see yellow flashing lights, they should move to the left lane.

"They're not aware of the law or they are just not paying attention, but they're not moving over." said Renteria.

Renteria pulled this truck over for violating the move over law. The driver told him that he knew he should move over, but was blocked by other vehicles. In that case he should have slowed down to 20 miles an hour below the speed limit. For instance if the speed limit is 65, drivers should slow down to 45 miles an hour. If it's 75, the driver should slow down to 55 miles an hour. Renteria says it's frustrating watching so many drivers who appear oblivious to the Move Over Law.

"I had a couple close call there, that's why i normally, i don't know i you noticed instead of talking to the driver on their side, I go on the passenger side because I know that the people are not going to move over to the next lane", said Renteria.

Both Minnesota and Iowa have Move Over Laws. Just last year Iowa increased the fine for drivers who ignore the law. Minnesota's Move Over Law is named after State Trooper Ted Foss, who was killed on I-90 in 2000.


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