BAXTER — On Aug. 31 the State Patrol will increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move-Over law statewide to remind motorists that emergency responders need room on the road to conduct their work safely.
Minnesota law mandates motorists must move over for stopped emergency vehicles that have emergency lights activated. State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss was killed 11 years ago by a passing vehicle as he was responding to a crash scene on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona.
Minnesota’s “move over” law means:
• When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, you must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance and construction vehicles.
• Reduce speed if you are unable to safely move over a lane.
• Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines average around $139.
“The job of emergency responders is to help and assist the motoring public, but we can’t be at risk when providing our services,” said Sgt. Curt Mowers, State Patrol regional public information officer. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility and we are asking for every motorist to join us in keeping Minnesota roads safe.”
The “Move Over” enforcement and education campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.