06-13-08 Special DUI / "Move Over" law Patrol
Boise, June 15, 2008 - Boise Police, Idaho State Police, Nampa Police, Meridian Police, and deputies from the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the Canyon County Sheriff's Office conducted a special patrol on INterstate 84 Friday night into early Saturday morning looking for DUI drivers and educating and enforcing Idaho's 'Move Over" law.
Idaho's 'move over' law went into effect July 1, 2006. But officers, firefighters and paramedics say it appears many Idaho motorists are not aware of the law. The law was enacted to protect emergency responders from being hit while responding to a highway emergency or making a traffic stop.
"We know from personal experience that responding to roadside incident is the most dangerous thing an officer, firefighter or paramedic can do," said Officer Darren Mitchell, a Boise Police DUI officer who helped organize the focused patrols. "We're hoping that special patrols, like the one this weekend, will help spread the word among citizens about the move over law, and in the process, possibly save the life of a police officer or other emergency responder just out there doing their job."
"We hope that soon we won't have to write tickets for this offense because everyone will be aware of the law, it's goal of protecting officers and emergency workers, and drivers will know to slow down or move over when they see those flashing lights," said Officer Mitchell.
The "Move Over" law requires motorists who see a police or emergency vehicle parked with it's lights flashing to either change lanes if possible (if the road has two or more lanes in the same direction), or to slow down until they are past the emergency vehicles. Violators could receive a $75 ticket.
Officers from Boise Police and Idaho State Police helped organize the special patrol. The patrol resulted in approx. 20 officers, troopers and deputies making the following contacts on I-84 between 11:30 p.m. and 3: 30 a.m. from Broadway Blvd. in Boise west to Franklin Ave. in Nampa:
- Speed: 17
- Failure to Move Over: 32
- Seat Belt: 4
- DUI: 6 (1 with Injury to a Child charge)
- Minor in Consumption: 3
- Driving without Privileges: 4
- Other Hazardous Moving Violations: 2
- Other Non-Moving Violations: 9
- Warrants: 2
- Speed: 11
- Fail to Yield: 2
- Equipment: 12
- Other Hazardous Moving Violations: 7
- Other Non-Moving Violations: 11
Boise, June 13, 2008 - Boise Police and other local agencies from Ada to Canyon County, want to alert motorists to a special patrol along Interstate 84 overnight tonight, focusing on DUI drivers and educating and enforcing Idaho's "Move Over" law.
- Who: BPD, ISP, Nampa PD, Meridian PD, Ada County SO, Canyon County SO
- What: DUI/Move Over law special enforcement patrols
- Where: I 84 between Broadway in Boise and Franklin in Nampa
- When: Friday, June 13th from approx. 11:30 p.m. through approx. 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
- Why: Motorist and public education on the move over law
The goal of the cooperative, multi-agency patrols is to focus enforcement on possible drunk drivers, and educate motorists to the dangers to emergency workers, including police, when drivers fail to follow Idaho's 'move over' law..
"Police, firefighters, other rescue personnel, we're much more likely to be injured or killed by a motorist running into us on the side of the road than we are by being shot," said Boise Police Officer Darren Mitchel, who is helping organize the overnight patrols. "Traffic enforcement is the most dangerous thing an officer can do. Responding to a roadside incident is the most dangerous thing any emergency responder can do."
Idaho's 'move over' law went into effect July 1, 2006. It requires motorists who see a police or emergency vehicle parked with it's lights flashing to either change lanes if possible (if the road has two or more lanes in the same direction), or to slow down until they are past the emergency vehicles. Violators could receive a $75 ticket.
"We think about this every time we make a traffic stop," said Officer Rick Burch who works as a motorcycle officer specializing in traffic enforcement. "A lot of times, we'll go up on the right side of a car because we're in fear for our lives with people passing us and getting hit on the left side."
***For video and a photograph of incidents involving police vehicles hit while parked with lights flashing, please go to: www.boisepolice.org, to Multimedia (left side navigation bar), to Police Video Files, to DUI Investigation Introduction video. Also, the Idaho State Police web site, http://www.isp.state.id.us/ has further info on the law and more video/photo of accidents that have occurred involving police vehicles being hit while parked on roadways with lights flashing.