Move Over or Get Pulled Over: Operation 1 Charlie 3 Happening February 16
It's so important for drivers to pull over to the farthest lane possible when seeing an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaching in their rear view – not only is it the law, but it can also result in someone's life being saved.
On February 16, deputies from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office will be joining other law enforcement agencies from across the state to educate drivers on the requirement to move over for emergency vehicles on multi-lane roadways. The "Move Over" law mandates that all drivers who are coming up to, or passing, a stationary emergency vehicle that's giving a visual sign by means of flashing or rotating red, blue or white lights, or a stationary towing carrier vehicle that is giving a visual signal by means of flashing, rotating, or oscillating yellow lights shall exhibit due caution by moving over at least one lane if possible. If moving over a lane isn't possible, drivers should greatly reduce their speed when passing these emergency responders. On Thursday, deputies will be actively looking for opportunities to inform drivers of their unsafe failure to observe this requirement. Deputies say this education could possibly come in the form of a citation, including a charge of careless driving.
Operation 1 Charlie 3, as it's being called, was created to honor the memory of Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue, who was tragically killed in 2016 after being struck by a driver that failed to move over on I-25. LCSO says they are proud to join this statewide education movement.