Concluding our blog series 5 Holiday Driving Safety Tips from the NHTSA, below we will point out some final important things to know about driving this holiday season and staying safe on the roads year round.
Tip 5 – Don’t Forget the Move Over Laws
“Move Over” laws refer to traffic statutes that require motorists to change lanes to provide safety officials and others on the sides of roads with enough room. In fact, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:
- In 2014, at least three law enforcement officials were killed because drivers hit them on the side of the roads.
- Over the past 10 or so years, being hit by a motor vehicle is the 4th leading cause of fatality among law enforcement officials.
Given that there will likely be a lot of traffic officers out this holiday season (as part of stepped up DUI enforcement), remembering Move Over laws is more important than ever. Also, as part of this, be sure to remind your teen drivers (or younger, less exerienced drivers who may be in your household) about Move Over laws if they’ll be on the roads over the holidays.
The Bottom Line on Holiday Driving Safety: Safety Starts with You
The bottom line is that these NHTSA holiday driving safety tips are good to keep in mind all year and that safety begins with you. If you do your part to only drive when you are sober and when you are ready to be focused and attentive behind the wheel, you can optimize your safety on the roads.
Read more tips to avoid a Colorado DUI here.
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