ST. CHARLES (KMOV.com) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol will crack down on certain interstates throughout Memorial Day Weekend.
Trooper's are already out on the roads enforcing the state’s “move over" law.
The law requires drivers to slow down and pull over when emergency vehicles and first responders are on the road.
Sergeant Al Nothum let News 4 ride along on Friday as state trooper’s crackdown on violators of Missouri’s "move over" law.
“If they don’t know what that is they’re going to find out today,” said Nothum.
It’s been a law for years. Friday morning Missouri Highway Patrol trooper’s began 12 hours of enforcement on the ground and in the air looking for drivers not following traffic laws.
It is a yearly statewide initiative. Locally, nearly a dozen troopers focused on Interstate 70 near Route 79 in St. Charles County.
Nothum said when a driver sees an emergency responder and decides not to slow down and move over, the driver will get pulled over and issued a ticket.
“They’re going to get an expensive ticket that’s what’s going to happen,” said Nothum. “They’re going to be detained for a while that takes place. The bigger picture here is we lose officers every year because they get run over, we do our work on the side of the highway – that’s our office there.”
Five years ago, the state law expanded to include transportation workers. So if you see MoDOT crews on the interstate the same move over rules apply.
Also, troopers are reminding drivers to wear their seat belt and not to drink and drive.
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