CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Following the death of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy during a traffic stop Wednesday, local police are reminding drivers to move over.
Not only is it a courtesy, it’s the law.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News the law means that drivers are responsible to slow down and move their car over to the farthest lane possible when they see a police officer pulled to the side of the road.
The same thing applies when firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and roadside emergency or maintenance personnel are pulled over on the side of the road.
Wilk said no traffic stop is, “routine” and that no two are alike. The move over law is in place to try and keep both police officers and drivers safe.
“People don’t know what the officer is going to do or what the operator is going to do,” Wilk said. “When the officer gets out of his vehicle an altercation could happen and spill out a little bit into a travel lane. It’s dangerous and we want people to understand if you see those lights, move over.”
There is a $100 fine for drivers who don’t obey the move over law.