‘Move over or be made aware,’ says police officer. - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

‘Move over or be made aware,’ says police officer.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's a law that's been around for a few years now, but police say people don't always follow it.

"It gives you goose bumps," said Officer Logan Finch, Nacogdoches Police Department.  

After ten years of making traffic stops, Finch says approaching a car is still nerve-racking.

"Especially with semi-trucks, the 18-wheelers you can feel that rush of air and once they pass, you can catch them out of the corner of your eye, you can realize how close they were to you," said Finch.

Finch said it's hit or miss and he's had some close calls. "It can be scary at times because there's so much to have to concentrate on."

That's why he's asking drivers to move over to the next lane and slow down when passing an emergency vehicle. "It's good to give that space for safety sake," he said.

On narrow streets and two-lane highways, space is scarce. "It's always on our mind, that's why many officers will approach a vehicle on the opposite side of their vehicle, in the ditch, just for safety reasons," said Lt. Dan Taravella, Nacogdoches Police Department.

The law is you move over one lane. If that's not possible, reduce your speed to 20 miles below the posted speed limit. Police said the problem is people don't always follow the law.

"We want people to be aware of the safety risks that are involved if they don't move over."

Not moving over can cost you 200 bucks. Rather than cite you, officers just want you to move over.

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