May 9, 2014 3:58 PM by Nichole Szemerei
TUCSON - The initial "Move Over" law, to protect first responders on the side of the road, was implemented in Arizona in 2008. Then, it was changed to keep everyone safe. Still, some drivers aren't moving over.
"Until you've experienced doing a traffic stop and then having somebody whir by you at about 50 miles an hour, you don't really understand what it feels like or what the concept is," says Deputy Ryan Roher.
Deputy Roher has been with the Pima County Sheriff's Department for 10 years. He's seen some improvement since the "Move Over AZ Law" went into effect.
"I think people are getting a lot better at it."
According to the law, if you see a first responder, or any vehicle, on the side of the road, you are supposed to move out of the nearest lane. If you can't; slow down.
Here's a look at the number of citations issued since 2011 when the statute was revised:
2011 - 35 tickets
2012 - 36 tickets
2013 - 23 tickets
2014 - 9 tickets
There's a slight drop in the numbers last year and only 9 tickets have been issued so far this year. This doesn't include warnings.
During our ride-along, Deputy Roher caught 3 drivers who broke the law. Two of them claimed they didn't know about it.
"I wasn't aware of it. Usually I do slow down if there is a cop or move over," says Adam Sierra, a Tucson driver.
The other said she couldn't get over.
"There was a vehicle next to me so I couldn't really move to the side."
Deputy Roher says it's important to remind motorists of this law.
"It's just another way to really easily protect someone, simply by just moving over or slowing down in your lane," he says.