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“Move Over”: Accident scenes plagued by distracted drivers

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Charleston PD officer had to be extracted from a cruiser in April of 2012 after being hit by a passing truck. Charleston PD officer had to be extracted from a cruiser in April of 2012 after being hit by a passing truck.
WCBD - It’s a law that was revised over a decade ago now those with local law enforcement want to remind the public they are watching.

Local police and first responders will officially begin the “Move Over” effort on Friday telling drivers it's not just the construction zones, emergency crews at accident scenes are at the mercy of passing cars as well.

A recent high profile incident in Florida where a trooper was killed while assisting a motorist helped get this effort started in the Charleston area.

Police and EMS workers say distracted drivers are paying little attention to emergency crews while they are working to clear a scene. 

Officials are putting together this campaign to remind the public to move over and slow down-- it’s a law that has been in the books since 2002. Lt. Pat Carter from the Mount Pleasant Police Department is organizing the effort and says it’s a common sight that is becoming more dangerous for first responders.

“We’ve had officers hurt and cars torn up out here…We have it all the time. You’ll be out there while you’re working and whatever you are doing you see people distracted by all kinds of things in their vehicles, taking pictures and it’s those types of hazards where people get hit and hurt.”

The “Move Over” effort includes fire, police and EMS in both Berkeley and Charleston Counties. Organizers will talk more about the effort at a news conference scheduled for 3pm Friday at the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Police also want to remind drivers there is a hefty citation if you don't move over or slow down, the fine could be as high as $1,067.  

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