One week after three police cruisers were hit just minutes apart, Clearwater police performed a traffic enforcement detail to highlight the state’s “Move Over” law.
Last Saturday, an officer responding to a crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway was rear-ended by a driver while waiting for a tow truck. Two more police cruisers responded to investigate that crash and were hit by another car less than fifteen minutes later.
The Clearwater Police Department said all three cars had their emergency lights on when they were hit. The three officers suffered minor injuries.
Last week’s incident called attention to the importance of the “Move Over” law. It requires drivers to move over a lane if they can when they see a first responder on the side of the road. If a driver can’t move over, they have to slow down to go 20 mph under the speed limit.
The “Move Over” law applies whenever a police cruiser, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle or sanitation truck is on the side of the road.
Late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Clearwater police say they pulled over 120 cars during their operation. Officers issued 42 “Move Over” citations, which carry a $136 fine.
Police also issued 35 speeding tickets, targeting “multiple racing offenses.” The department says one driver was going 127 mph in a 60 mph zone.