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Chattanooga Police enforce “Move-Over Law” with saturation

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- With the high number of officer related deaths due to traffic crashes, the Chattanooga Police Department conducted a saturation Friday specifically targeting this violation. 

The saturation occurred in all areas of Chattanooga ranging from residential streets to the interstates and was conducted by both Uniformed Patrol Officers and the Traffic Unit operating in marked patrol cars, unmarked patrol cars, and motorcycles. 

The saturation led to a total of 193 citations issued and one arrest made on a warrant. 

Of the 193 citations issued, 67 were for the Move-Over Law Violation, 47 for Speeding, 9 for Seatbelt Violations, 33 for No Insurance, 13 for Driver's License Violations, 20 for Vehicle Registration Violations, two for Vehicle Equipment Violations, one for Traffic Control Device Violation, and one for Failure to Yield Right-of-Way.

The Chattanooga Police Department encourages everyone to obey all traffic related laws and to remember to move-over when any emergency or utility vehicle is stopped on the roadway.  

Too many emergency workers have needlessly been killed due to the inattentiveness or intoxication of drivers. The ask for drivers to please help keep our streets and interstates safe for both emergency workers and other drivers by staying alert of surroundings while driving on these busy roads.

On December 19, 2002, Trooper Robert Ambrose, with the New York State Police, was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was struck from behind by another vehicle on the shoulder of I-87 in Yonkers at approximately 8:35 p.m.  

Trooper Ambrose was writing an accident report for a minor accident when the driver of a vehicle attempted to switch lanes, struck another vehicle, and then veered onto the shoulder and struck the rear of Trooper Ambrose's Ford Crown Victoria.

The vehicle burst into flames and both Trooper Ambrose and the driver of the vehicle that struck him, who was driving on a suspended license, were killed. The fire was so intense that the rounds in Trooper Ambrose's service weapon began to discharge.  

Trooper Ambrose had been employed with the New York State Police for five years, and was assigned to Troop T in Tarrytown. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and a sister.

On November 29, 2003, Deputy Glenn Searles, with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, NY, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while assisting a stranded motorist on I-481.  This incident occurred in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt.

Deputy Searles was returning to his patrol car to retrieve flares, when the driver of a minivan, who became distracted, swerved into Deputy Searles and his patrol car.  Deputy Searles was pinned between the minivan and his patrol car and died from his injuries.  

Deputy Searles had served with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department for two years, and had previously served as an investigator with the medical examiner's office.  He is survived by his fiancée, parents, brother, and nephew.

These two cases spurred the Move-Over Law which has been adopted by states and municipalities throughout the nation.

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