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Things Have Been Really Busy
As the weeks pass, I continue to marvel at the fact that we still see police, fire, EMS personnel, and towing people struck, injured, and killed by motor vehicles. What are you and I doing that is wrong? How can we keep missing the mark?
A New Year's Message
Here we are at the beginning of another new year. As is my custom, let me offer you my best wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year. Every year it is the same. 2011 was no different. We had the usual array of successes and failures. Our convention team hit a wide array of locations around the country. We met people and offered our advice.
Have You Ever Been a Target?
A great deal of my work here as your editor involves researching and writing about the highway safety problems which you and I face each and every day. You and I both know that it is tough out there on the highways and byways of our nation. It is my job to share some ways with you that can make your highway safety responses work a little bit safer.
Michigan Fire Department Highway Safety Effort
You and I have been on quite a journey. We have been seeking to make things safer for all of us who ply our trade on the highways and byways of the world. Yes I say world because our efforts here at Respondersafety.com have gone well beyond the borders of the United States.
Texas Police Step Up Enforcement of 'Move Over' Law for EMS Vehicles
About 700 people in Austin were ticketed last year for violating the Texas Move Over Act , which requires drivers to slow down or change lanes when passing parked emergency vehicles.
New Jersey Launches 'Move-Over' Law Campaign
It is indeed an honor to write about an effort which has taken shape in the State of New Jersey over the past several months. As you might recall, I wrote about attending the kick-off of our move-over law out on the New Jersey Turnpike early last year. Since that time a coalition has formed to bring the law to the public.
Missouri Move-Over Law
"In Missouri, when the officer gets out he has to position the vehicle, approach the vehicle and with that mindset he's gotta watch the traffic, he's also gotta watch the hands, and there maybe multiple occupants in the vehicle," Hull said. After a truck pulling a trailer rear-ended a patrol car and killed an officer, Missouri adopted the "Move Over Law.”
New York Police to Drivers: Move Over or Get a Ticket
It's not unusual to see someone pulled over on the Adirondack Northway. But now, when you see those flashing lights on the shoulder, if it's safe, you're supposed to move over.
Is it Us or is it Them?
This has not been a very good winter out there on the highways for the members of the fire and emergency services worlds. It has also been a winter to forget for our friends in the towing and highway labor industries. It seems as though I have been kept quite busy indeed posting the many line-of-duty deaths and struck-by incidents which have been happening across our nation and around the world. Like most of you, I have spent a winter fighting the effects of wind, snow, ice, and cabin fever
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