Mount Pleasant - Next time you see flashing lights at an accident scene, slow down and move over a lane, state and local police officers are urging drivers.
Too many drivers don't, and a lot of times they end up hitting wrecked cars, officers and victims, according to Mount Pleasant Police Lt. Pat Carter.
"We've had cars totally destroyed and people hit," he said at a news conference Friday at Waterfront Park.
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which runs over the park, is especially dangerous, he said.
Officers from the Highway Patrol, North Charleston Police Department, Charleston Police Department and Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and fire and medical emergency personnel stood nearby showing their support.
The state's Move Over Law requires a driver to slow down and move over a lane if possible when approaching an accident scene. Drivers who don't slow down can be fined more than $1,000. If they cause an accident, additional penalties would be imposed.
The need for a reminder became apparent after a Florida state trooper was hit and killed at an accident scene about three months ago, Carter said. Her son posted a tweet with a #moveover hashtag that went viral.
State law also requires drivers to move over for police cars and ambulances coming up behind them, another law that's too often ignored, Carter said.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.
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