Dodge County Sheriffs Office Law of the Month

(Dodge County) Winter conditions can mean that we as motorists see a few more emergency vehicles, utility vehicles, or tow trucks on the side of the roadways.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s office wants to remind motorists of proper etiquette when approaching such a vehicle on the roadside.  State laws say that motorists should attempt to move into a lane further away from any stopped emergency or service vehicle if applicable or slow their motor vehicle while maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions until safely past the parked emergency or roadside service vehicle.  Motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause with drivers failing to give sufficient space by moving over being one of the biggest reasons.  Drivers are reminded that when you see a vehicle on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing, realize that they are just steps away from moving traffic. Take the time to move over or slow down. They have families waiting for them to come home as well. If any of you have been stranded on the side of the road, you know how scary it can be. Take the extra second and save a life.