First responders ask Lincoln residents to slow down and “Move Over”

Nebraska law enforcement officers and first responders work every day to keep our community safe. Today, those heroes shared how we can help protect them.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Saturday, Lincoln residents gathered for some good old-fashioned family fun as kids got to climb into fire trucks and pose with police officers as a part of a “Touch-a-Truck” event.

“It’s really awesome for kids, especially our son, who’s really into trucks and police officers and cop cars, to have the opportunity to be able to go and interact with not only the cars, but the first responders who are also out here today,” Lincoln resident Frankie Reinwald said.

“This is probably one of our favorite parts of the job,” Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Charlie Cook said. “We love doing this.”

Nebraska law enforcement officers and first responders work every day to keep our community safe. Today, those heroes shared how we can help protect them by slowing down and moving over a lane when emergency personnel are on the scene of an accident.

“It’s a unique situation when you’re alongside the road and cars are driving by,” LPD Capt. Don Scheinost said. “You can feel the breeze, the wind from the car as they pass by you. You know that you’re too close when that happens.”

Nebraska’s “Move Over” law took effect back in 2009. According to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey, 23% of Americans were unaware of their state’s “Move Over” laws, despite the fact that all 50 states have them.

“Tow truck drivers are smart, state troopers are smart, Lincoln police officers are smart,” Scheinost said. “We know not to run out or step out in front of cars, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control and people wander into that traffic lane.”

According to the Nebraska Highway Safety, there were about 1000 injuries reported in accidents back in 2016. That number has dropped to about 668 in 2020. First responders hope that figure continues to trend down.

“We’re always trying to re-emphasize and remind people, ‘Hey, please move over. Keep us all safe out there,'” Cook said.

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