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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Orange County Police Officers Escape Injury - Remind Motorists Slow Down and Move Over

ORANGE COUNTY - JUNE 3, 2022 - The Paoli Police Department reminds motorists to slow down and move over, following a traffic accident Friday afternoon.



A West Baden Police Department vehicle and Orange County Sheriff vehicle was damaged in a traffic accident Friday afternoon - Photos courtesy Paoli Police Department


Two of the Orange County officer's vehicles were struck Friday afternoon, while the officers were attempting to assist with traffic control on a vehicle fire.



No officers were injured. However, in the incident.


The Paoli Police Department wants to remind motorists


"Always pay attention when driving on our roadways, avoid distractions and pay attention to what’s in front of you. SLOW DOWN and Move over when you see emergency vehicles and crews working,"



"In a worst-case scenario, if your vehicle should malfunction or your brakes give out around emergency crews your reaction time is greater and the risk of injury is reduced at lower speeds,"



We have to watch out for one another. Always remember, it could be your family or loved ones that those officers and first responders are helping. SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER!


***SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER***

Do you know about Indiana's Move over Laws? To protect emergency and highway personnel, Indiana law requires motorists to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped on two or four lane roadways with emergency lights flashing.


Change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if you can do so safely. If not, reduce your speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution.


Motorists should NOT STOP in the roadway; this may cause a chain reaction rear end collision with other vehicles.


Do MOVE OVER and/or SLOW DOWN.


As you are driving, plan well ahead by watching for these vehicles:

* Police vehicles * Ambulances * Fire trucks and rescue equipment * Highway incident-response vehicles * Highway maintenance vehicles * Utility service vehicles (effective July 1, 2010) * Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks) Violating the law can result in a fine and your license will be suspended up to 2 years if you cause damage to emergency equipment, injury or death to an emergency worker.

Even though Indiana's Move Over Laws state that motorists must move over and yield for only emergency vehicles, drivers should always be courteous to those who are broken down on the shoulder. Give them room so that they can safely repair their vehicles. Be a courteous driver and help prevent tragedies.


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