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Sheriff’s Office takes part in ‘move over’ campaign

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By Joe Moylan

Two Jeffco law enforcement agencies participated last week in a statewide operation to provide stepped-up enforcement of Colorado’s Move Over law.
The operation, known as One-Charlie-Three or 1C3, took place on Thursday and was coordinated by the Colorado State Patrol to educate Coloradans about the Move Over law, which requires motorists to yield the right of way to stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks and construction vehicles that are displaying flashing warning lights. Motorists can comply with the law by moving over one lane or by slowing down and proceeding with caution when it isn’t possible to move over a lane.
Last week was the first time the operation drew the participation of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Lakewood Police Department, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer in an email to the Canyon Courier. The two agencies worked together to provide increased enforcement of the Move Over law on U.S. 6 and Interstate 70. During the campaign, 40 summons were issued for speeding and 19 for move over violations, Techmeyer said.
“Failing to move over for emergency vehicles is a problem everywhere,” Techmeyer said in the email. “Both traffic units were proud to participate in this statewide mobilization.”

A four-point violation
Violating the Move Over law is classified as a careless driving offense, which carries a four-point penalty to a motorist’s driver’s license and a fine of at least $150, according to a State Patrol news release. Statewide statistics from Thursday’s operation were not yet available as of Tuesday afternoon.
Last month, 25 agencies participated in a 1C3 enforcement wave that yielded 1,000 traffic stops statewide, 558 move over violations, 18 driver’s license violations and three driving under the influence arrests. One-Charlie-Three honors Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue who was struck and killed by a passing motorist on Nov. 25 while assisting at a traffic crash scene south of Castle Rock.

Joe Moylan can be reached at jmoylan@evergreenco.com.