STATEWIDE — The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is reminding drivers to move over for emergency responders.
In the past few weeks, Maine State Police Lt. Erik Baker said he’s had people report a number of near misses with cars that did not move over or slow down.
He said if you see emergency responders stopped on the side of the road, you need to move over to the far left lane or slow down if that’s not possible.
“We did have a trooper up in the Augusta area, I think about two weeks ago, that several cruisers were pulled over to the side of the road with their blue lights on and ended up being a drunk driver that ran into the rear end of the cruiser,” Baker said.
“Obviously, the drunk driver was the main cause of it but still, this is what we worry about,” he said. “We worry about our troopers getting hurt or possibly killed with people driving too close to us.”
Baker said failing to move over or slow down carries a minimum fine of $250.