Doña Ana County

FIRE CHIEF WARNS MOTORISTS TO ‘MOVE OVER’ FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

FIRE CHIEF WARNS MOTORISTS TO ‘MOVE OVER’ FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

             In the first month of 2020, two Lubbock first responders were struck and killed while working a crash scene. Another firefighter was critically injured.      
            The news has prompted reminders from fire chiefs and law enforcement nationwide for motorists to be cautious and move over when fire crews, EMTs and law enforcement are present at the scene of a crash or other incident.
            “Nationally, the threat to first responders by vehicles who fail to move over remains high,” said Doña Ana County Fire Chief Nick Hempel. “And that same threat can be seen locally; drivers are distracted and sometimes they’re just not aware that it’s the law that they must change lanes if it’s safe to do so.”
            In New Mexico, the so-called move over law requires motorists to approach with caution and yield to emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights. Drivers must change lanes if they can do so safely, or reduce their speed and proceed with caution if they are not able to change lanes.
            The penalty for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle is $162.
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