Maine police issue warnings to drivers to move over

Trooper Mike Edes' cruiser in 2000 after it was struck from behind along Interstate 295 in Falmouth.  Edes, who now is a sergeant, had stopped a motorist for speeding and was in the breakdown lane with emergency lights on when the cruiser was struck by a young man under the influence.  Edes was out of work for six months. (Photo courtesy of Maine Dept. of Public Safety)
Trooper Mike Edes' cruiser in 2000 after it was struck from behind along Interstate 295 in Falmouth. Edes, who now is a sergeant, had stopped a motorist for speeding and was in the breakdown lane with emergency lights on when the cruiser was struck by a young man under the influence. Edes was out of work for six months. (Photo courtesy of Maine Dept. of Public Safety)
Posted Aug. 07, 2010, at 1:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine State Police say troopers issued dozens of warnings while stepping up enforcement of the state’s so-called “move over” law.

In all, police handed out 52 warnings during enforcement efforts on the Maine Turnpike. Troopers stepped up enforcement last week in York, and held another effort this week in Portland.

The “move over” law requires drivers to move into the passing lane, if possible, or slow down when traveling by police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, tow trucks and other vehicles with flashing lights in the breakdown lane.

Police say 16 state police cruisers since 2003 have been struck by motorists while parked along roadways.

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