- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If you’re driving past stopped police cars or stranded motorists on the side of Louisiana’s roadways, officials want you to “Move Over.”

Louisiana’s state police superintendent and transportation secretary announced Monday the installation of several dozen signs telling people to “Move Over for Emergency Vehicles.”

The signs, to be placed along major travel routes, are reminders that state law requires drivers to switch lanes, if possible, when approaching a stopped vehicle using warning lights. If drivers can’t switch lanes, they’re supposed to slow down before passing the stopped vehicle. Violators can face up to a $200 fine.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the leader of the Louisiana State Police, says the signs and the law are designed to help keep police officers, emergency workers, tow truck operators and stranded motorists safe.

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