Do You Know Why Minnesotans Have To Move Over For Emergency Vehicles?
Nearly every Minnesota driver knows that they are expected to move lanes when passing an emergency vehicle or traffic stop, but do we know why?
On August 31st, twenty-one years ago, Corporal Ted Foss made a traffic stop on Interstate 90. During the process, Foss was struck and killed by a vehicle.
Shortly after, the Ted Foss Move Over Law was created in his honor.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, between 2017 and 2020, 89 squad cars were hit because vehicles didn't comply with the law.
This year, over 300 drivers have been cited for failing to move over and/or slow down when seeing flashing lights.
Have Minnesotans forgotten how to drive?
In addition to the 300 drivers cited for not moving over, patrols cited 44,967 motorists for speeding through July 8th. About 646 tickets had speeds of 100 mph or more.
This July, the total number of traffic-related losses sat at 254. Last year, that number was 194. In other words, Minnesota has experienced a 31 percent increase in these kinds of deaths.
I don't know who needs to hear it, but slow down! Drive with caution, AND move over for emergency vehicles and troopers.