The deputy was assisting a driver who was injured in a hit-and-run accident. He stopped on the side of the road to investigate the accident, leaving his lights on to warn oncoming motorists. When he returned to his vehicle to get a first aid kit, the drunk driver struck the deputy and then crashed into the car ahead of him.
The driver involved in the first accident was hospitalized with minor injuries. The deputy was airlifted to a hospital with moderate injuries. The at-fault driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree vehicular negligent injury and careless operation.
What Is the Move Over Law?
In Louisiana, motorists are required to yield the right of way by making a lane change if they see emergency vehicles parked with their lights on, or if they see a vehicle with flashing hazard lights. If no other lanes are available, drivers are required to slow down to a reasonable speed before passing emergency vehicles. The law is intended to protect emergency responders and other motorists from being injured by passing cars.
Violating the Move Over law can land you a fine of up to $200 while also putting others at risk of catastrophic injury. Do yourself and your fellow Louisianans a favor – if you ever see emergency lights on the side of the road, give them a wide berth.