Madison police reminding drivers of ‘Move Over’ law

Published: Apr. 5, 2019 at 4:49 PM CDT
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This year in the United States there’s been a total of seven officers killed in the line of duty because they were struck by a motor vehicle.

Officer Rick Wipperfurth, with the Madison Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Safety team, says this is already more than the entire year last year of officers killed in this way.

“I think sometimes people need a reminder and unfortunately we’ve had a lot of tragic reminders,” Wipperfurth said.

Last week, Trooper Brooke Jones-Story from Illinois State Police who was killed while conducting a traffic stop. On Wednesday, Detective Ben Campbell from Maine State Police who was struck on the side of the highway while assisting a citizen with a disabled vehicle.

“This is kind of near and dear to us and it’s come to light with the recent events nationally,” he said.

Wipperfurth calls law enforcement officers the ‘blue family.’

“I just want to make sure that I’m able to go home to my immediate family,” Wipperfurth said.

The Wisconsin Move Over Law was first passed in 2001.

The Madison Police Department Traffic Enforcement Safety Team performed an enforcement and education project on Friday.

In total, 33 vehicles were pulled over: 25 for failing to change lanes, 8 for failing to reduce speed or slow down.

“We’re not trying to be super sneaky,” Wipperfurth said. “We’re trying to not only keep ourselves safe but the members of the community as well.

Madison police officers want drivers to be more aware of not only emergency vehicles but of all cars pulled off to the shoulder.

“We’re doing it to protect all members of the community that happen to be in that poor risky situation of being stopped on the side of the highway,” he said.

There can be violations for those who do not obey the Move Over Law.

In the City of Madison, the office includes a fine of over $185 and three demerit points with a possible license suspension.